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Day: June 2, 2016

The Taliban and the Jihadis: Where the enemy of my enemy is still not my friend
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The Taliban and the Jihadis: Where the enemy of my enemy is still not my friend

So the big news from Afghanistan is that the Taliban has a new leader. Hibatullah Akhundzada is his name, and he’s from Panjwaii District in Kandahar Province, a place very familiar to any Canadians who served in southern Afghanistan during our mission there. He’s been a high-ranking member of the Taliban since 1996 (how did he stay alive?) and was appointed to his new post after his predecessor was killed in a U.S. drone strike a few weeks ago. Akhtar Mansour was killed in southern Pakistan, on his way back from visiting his family in Iran. Though the U.S. has, in theory, ended its war against the Taliban, it obviously made an exception in this case. "Mansour has been an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, prohibiting Ta...

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