Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the tribal areas. Map from PBS’ Frontline. Click to view.
Yet another foreign diplomat has been targeted in Pakistan’s Taliban-infested Northwest Frontier Province. “Unknown gunmen” kidnapped Hashmatullah Atharzadeh, the commercial attach
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No honor among thieves, I suppose.
US and Iranian interest overlap in Afghanistan. Perhaps the new US administration can make something out of this, in dealing with the Taliban threat.
it could be bandits, or
an intelligence operation to generate distrust between Iran and the Taliban, or
an operation to disguise a large cash donation as a ransom payment.
Just to increase the paranoya.