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A week ago, Kunduz, a provincial capital of 300,000 in northern Afghanistan, was not considered of particular strategic importance in the war against the Taliban. The Afghan government’s focus has been primarily on the fight in river valleys of southern Afghanistan to protect Kandahar, and in the mountain passes of eastern Afghanistan to protect Jalalabad.

 

Nothing was done to stem the Taliban tide. President Ashraf Ghani's policy has been clearly flawed and he has simply failed to fix it

 

Be under no illusion: IS has arrived in Afghanistan. Just as the country is gripped by an economic exodus of people seeking better opportunities elsewhere, the self-styled Islamic State is spreading its tentacles into Afghanistan’s most lawless territories in an attempt to establish influence in a region seen as vital to the group’s endgame: a caliphate.

 
Afghanistan's Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has hit out against Pakistan for harbouring terrorists who crossover to "indiscriminately victimize our citizens" and accused it of going back on its promise to crack down on them.
 

U.S. military officials and allies are reconsidering troop drawdowns in Afghanistan and may consider alternatives that include maintaining a force of thousands of troops in the region after the end of 2016.

 

 

The recent outrage over reports of systematic child rape by Afghan security forces may be justified, but sadly there is little novelty to the reports themselves.

 

Documents show that U.S. military personnel are discouraged from interfering with brutal pedophiles and pederasts who are U.S. allies.

 

Karzai’s corrosive tongue did have one silver lining for the White House: the US could unleash him on Pakistan to keep its allegedly double-dealing ally in check

 

Despite the more than a decade-long, exorbitantly expensive US-led counternarcotics operation in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation in that country has not declined.

 

It is easy to see our Afghan effort drifting not just to a debacle but to a disaster. We had worked hard to get the Soviets out, and then had zero idea of what to do next.

 


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