Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan: Information Blackhole and Strategic (Mis)communication
By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
U.S. and U.N. estimates about al-Qaida’s strength and position in Afghanistan differ. Sorting out the reality will require concrete efforts to end the information vacuum.
Terrorists in Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan
By Jonathan Schroden
Afghanistan remains a simmering cauldron of jihadist terrorist groups, various actors seeking to counter them, and conflict and cooperation among the groups themselves.
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Killing Could be a Blessing in Disguise for the Taliban
By Saman Rizwan
The high-profile killing is a rude awakening call for the Taliban to reconsider their ties with al-Qaida – and could empower less hardline elements of the ruling group.
US Strikes Down al-Qaida Leader in Heart of Kabul
By Catherine Putz
It’s difficult to believe that the Taliban were unaware of al-Zawahiri living in a safe house in the middle of Kabul.
Al-Zawahri Killed in US Drone Strike in Afghanistan
By Lee Keath
The al-Qaida chief’s elimination is likely to cause greater disarray within the group than did Osama bin Laden's death since it is far less clear who his successor will be.
The Taliban’s Difficult Pledge
By Obaidullah Baheer
Even if it wanted to, could the Taliban ever really cut ties with and oppose al-Qaida?
The Taliban Say They Have No Foreign Fighters. Is That True?
By Franz J. Marty
The Taliban denial of the presence of foreign fighters in Afghanistan raises questions about the implementation of the U.S.-Taliban deal.