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Who’s Talking for the Taliban?

The Afghan government's discussions with the Taliban earlier this month sparked hope for an eventual peace process, but were those in attendance speaking on behalf of the Taliban? Or will rifts between the Taliban's political office in Doha and the factions in the field prove fatal to negotiations?

The South Asia Channel

Terrorists on the Dais: How Terrorists Exploit the Media

By covering terrorist attacks in never-ending news cycles, journalists are playing into the terrorists’ strategy.

The South Asia Channel

The Taliban’s Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

Any expansion of the Islamic State into Afghanistan is worrying enough to disquiet the Taliban, and it changes the nature of the insurgency. Afghanistan and Pakistan need to respond accordingly.

The South Asia Channel

Diversionary Tactics

The Taliban's offensive in Kunduz province is a diversion that will serve to distract the Afghan army away from the real goal -- Helmand province.

Shadow Government

Whiplash in Washington

The breaking news on Wednesday about Afghanistan may give the average reader whiplash. First, President Obama announced that he has decided to defer the troop drawdown ...

Voice

Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul?

Fear of the Islamic State is making for strange bedfellows in the land of warlords and the Taliban.

Report

Embracing New Afghan President, U.S. Says Ghani Is No Hamid Karzai

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington is expected to reflect a new, cooperative relationship between his country and the United States.

Feature

Portrait of the Nation as a Young Army

The varied faces on Afghanistan's front line.

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