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    Default We are talking again, with some trying to stop this

    My title based on an article from The Guardian, which starts with:
    The Taliban and representatives of the Afghan government have restarted secret talks in the Gulf state of Qatar, senior sources within the insurgency and the Kabul government have told the Guardian.
    Who would try to stop this? According to a:
    A western official in Kabul said a spate of arrests by Pakistani security forces of senior Taliban officials suggests Pakistan’s intelligence agencies are trying to “re-establish control over the process”.
    A familiar tactic. Plus GIRoA denying the talks have happened.
    Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...et-talks-qatar
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    Default Who controls what?

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    Default Talking with the Taliban

    Yet another think tank paper to read one day, with a renowned SME and a Kings War Studies professor:
    This new RUSI Briefing Paper explores the new Taliban leadership landscape and, within this, the potential for restarting peace talks.

    Based on interviews with Taliban personnel the paper argues that there is substantial discord within the group and in particular, that the new Taliban emir, Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, has failed to exert his authority.
    Link:https://rusi.org/publication/briefin...ter-decade-war
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    Hat tip to WoTR for this short article on talking with the Taliban and a way to make peace:https://warontherocks.com/2017/02/in...n-afghanistan/
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    Default Afghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in Afghanistan

    Afghan Officials: Islamic State Fighters Finding Sanctuary in Afghanistan

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    Default Unbeatable: Social Resources, Military Adaptation, and the Afghan Taliban

    A lengthy article by Professor Theo Farrell, ex-Kings War Studies, partly based on his first-hand research with ISAF and the Taliban. IT appears on WoTR from an affiliated website.

    He opens with:
    Insurgencies are famously difficult to defeat, yet the Afghan Taliban have proven especially so. Accounts of Taliban resilience have focused on both the deficiencies of Western efforts and the Afghan state and on Pakistani support for the Taliban. These accounts fail, however, to reveal the full picture of how the Taliban have been able to survive. Drawing on original field research, this article explores how the Talibanís success has been shaped by factors internal to the insurgency, namely, the social resources that sustain it and the groupís ability to adapt militarily.

    (He ends with) In the end, ramping up the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan risks reenergizing the Talibanís sense of purpose and uniting a movement that may be beginning to unravel. If the United States is not careful, it could end up bombing its way to defeat in Afghanistan.
    Link:https://tnsr.org/2018/05/unbeatable-...fghan-taliban/
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    Default After the "near miss" @ Farah: A war of attrition and a waiting game

    This post will be cross-posted in the thread on ANSF performance.

    A report from the probably independent Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) on the recent attack on Farah city. It opens with:
    An attack on Farah city had long been feared. For years now, the Taleban have been taking control of the provincial capital’s outlying districts and inching their way towards the central hub. For a few days in mid-May, it looked as though the Taleban were about to take Farah city, which would have been their most significant military triumph since capturing Kunduz for two weeks in 2015. Their strategy of consolidating control over rural areas then digging in at a provincial centre’s outskirts before launching an attack appears to be an increasing trend. While they lost the battle in Farah on this occasion, the Taleban still pose a serious threat to the area. AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig together with Ali Mohammad Sabawoon, Rohullah Soroush and Obaid Ali unpack the attack and its aftermath.
    This is the first of two dispatches examining the recent attack on the city of Farah. This first dispatch focuses on the attack and its aftermath. The second contextualises the attack in light of post-2001 developments in Farah.
    It ends with:
    With regards to Farah, the fact that the Taleban were only pushed back to positions just outside the provincial capital from where they started their attack means that new attacks can be expected. Farah is only one example for a situation that prevails in at least a quarter of Afghanistan’s provinces.
    Link:https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org...e-for-farah-i/
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