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China No Substitute for U.S. Involvement Over Afghanistan

29th October 2014 – CNN

China No Substitute for U.S. Involvement Over Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decision by freshly minted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to make his first overseas trip to China is symbolic. more...

Analysis & Commentary

30th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Taliban Claim Insider Attack at Kabul Airport That Killed 3 US Contractors

Bill Roggio

The commander of police at the airport confirmed that a guard killed the three contractors. The green-on-blue or insider attack is the first of its kind recorded so far this year. more...

17th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Leads Contingent of Islamic State Fighters in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

Mullah Raouf Khadim, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, leads a contingent of fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Helmand, Afghanistan. Raouf and another top Taliban commander were previously forced out of their positions in the Taliban's hierarchy. According to a leaked threat assessment, the jihadist had ties to at least two members of the so-called "Taliban Five." more...

14th January 2015 – Cited by Johnlee Varghese - International Business Times

Former Taliban Leader Mullah Abdul Rauf now Recruiting for ISIS in Afghanistan?

Bill Roggio

With the US forces exiting the conflict-ridden country, reports have found that a former Taliban leader has now turned into a recruiter for Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan. more...

13th January 2015 – Cited by Dan Lamothe - The Washington Post

Meet the Shadowy Figure Recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan

Several reports in the last few days suggest that the Islamic State is now recruiting in southern Afghanistan, the spiritual heart of the Taliban and the site of fierce combat between U.S. troops and insurgents in recent years. At the center of it: a former Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee who led a Taliban unit before the U.S. sent forces into the country in 2001. more...

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