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 Strike Shows Afghanistan Still Terror Base
By Aamer Madhani, Zeke Miller, Nomaan Merchant, and Lolita C. Baldor
That al-Qaida chief al-Zawahiri was living in Kabul and not in rural Afghanistan shows the extent of protection he enjoyed from the Taliban regime.
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-Qaida Leader Circulates Video; Dispels Rumor of His Death
By Kathy Gannon
Rumors of the death of Ayman al-Zawahri have persistently circulated, but a new video appears to dispel those rumors.
The Taliban and al-Qaeda: Enduring Partnership or Liability?
By Saurav Sarkar
Can the Taliban really be expected to sever all ties with al-Qaeda?