Taliban

US must retreat from Afghanistan for there to be ‘peace’, Taliban leader says

The Taliban released a statement attributed to its emir, Hibatullah Akhundzada, who says that "peace" is only possible if the "occupation" is ended. The statement is entirely self-serving and contains absurd claims. For example, Akhundzada writes that the Taliban wants a "free, independent and progressive Afghanistan," which is completely inconsistent with the group's ideology and history. Read more →

Trump takes hard line on Pakistan for supporting terrorist groups

With words unprecedented for a US president, Trump called out Pakistan for harboring and supporting terrorist groups that target and kill US citizens and said there would be a radical change in policy toward the South Asian nation. Trump indicated the US would work to increase ties with India, Pakistan's neighbor and greatest enemy, a move sure to both enrage as well as frighten Pakistani elites. Read more →

AQIS emphasizes allegiance to Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban in new ‘code of conduct’

Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has released a 20-page code of conduct outlining its approach to waging jihad throughout the region. The group says its men are currently fighting "shoulder-to-shoulder" with the Taliban and calls on Muslims in the surrounding countries to pledge allegiance to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (another name for the Taliban). Read more →

Islamic State continues to target Shiite civilians in Kabul

The Islamic State's Amaq News Agency has claimed responsibility for an attack on Al Zahra Mosque in Kabul earlier today. Shiite worshippers had gathered at the mosque as part of Ramadan. The Islamic State's Wilayah Khorasan has repeatedly targeted Shiites in Kabul, causing mass casualties on several occasions over the past year. Read more →