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Credulity as Policy

8th June 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Credulity as Policy

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, announced June 7 that his government’s forces would unilaterally enter into a ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20. It remains to be seen how the Taliban responds. The jihadists didn’t agree to the plan beforehand and may simply use the lull in fighting to plan the next wave in their nationwide assault on the government. more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th June 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Credulity as Policy

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, announced June 7 that his government’s forces would unilaterally enter into a ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20. It remains to be seen how the Taliban responds. The jihadists didn’t agree to the plan beforehand and may simply use the lull in fighting to plan the next wave in their nationwide assault on the government. more...

4th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Suicide bomber strikes religious conference in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

A suicide bomber struck a meeting of the Afghan Ulema Council (AUC) in Kabul earlier today. The Taliban's spokesman denied that his group had any connection to the attack. However, the Islamic State claimed responsibility via its Amaq News Agency, which released two short messages on the "martyrdom" operation. more...

3rd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban operations span the entire country, Afghan Interior Ministry confirms

Bill Roggio

The Taliban are operating in all regions of Afghanistan and casualties among Afghan police have increased, according to the Ministry of Interior. This directly contradicts overly optimistic assessments by both Resolute Support and the Pentagon. more...

2nd June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban says negotiations are ‘pointless’ as long as coalition forces occupy Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

"Talking to impotent parties [the Afghan government] during the presence of occupying forces is pointless," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an official statement released on Voice of Jihad. more...