The South Asia Channel

The Regional Roots of Kunduz’s Collapse

If an amalgamation of Taliban, Uzbek, Tajik, and other fighters are allowed to exist in the north, they may win over the support of local populations out of fear and hopelessness.

The South Asia Channel

Kunduz City Falls

Security in Kunduz did not deteriorate overnight. For more than a decade, the NATO and Afghan government strategy in the province has been clumsy and largely ineffective.

The Cable

In the Fall of Kunduz, Echoes of Iraq

Taliban’s seizure of Afghan city could make it impossible for Obama to pull troops out of Afghanistan.

The Cable

Islamic State Could Keep U.S. Troops in Afghanistan 

U.S. commanders point to Islamic State threat as justification for keeping force in Afghanistan

The South Asia Channel

Reconciliation Foolosophy II

The worrisome push for political accommodation with the Taliban continues.


Al Qaeda Boss Zawahiri Pledges Allegiance to New Taliban Leader

The announcement comes on the heels of news of Mullah Omar's death in 2013.


Singing Omar’s Praises, Staying Silent on Mansour

Al Qaeda affiliates' silence is a sign that the fight to succeed Mullah Omar as Taliban leader is not yet over.

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