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A Taliban letter to the secretary-general sets the stage for a diplomatic showdown.
The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.
U.S. allies have already taken the initiative on regional issues. Insisting on a package deal could permanently derail nuclear talks.
A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.