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The Taliban’s end Game and the US Exit from Afghanistan

On April 2, 2019, Posted by , In Afghanistan,Analysis Reports,Middle East,Taliban, By , With Comments Off on The Taliban’s end Game and the US Exit from Afghanistan

By Jeff Bates The endgame for the Taliban is relatively straightforward. They have two main objectives and are determined to meet them. Their two objectives are to get all foreign troops out of the country and to implement Sharia law throughout all of Afghanistan. They will continue to wage terror…

ISIS Affiliates

On March 26, 2019, Posted by , In Afghanistan,Egypt,Information Reports,ISIS,Libya,Pakistan,Philippines,Russia,Saudi Arabia,Yemen, With Comments Off on ISIS Affiliates

Written by Kailey Nordgran             ISIS affiliates flourish in regions plagued by weak governance, porous borders, and inept security force (Intel Brief, 2019). Affiliates are geographically dispersed and vary in capability; some are akin to terrorist groups, while others behave like insurgent groups (Intel Brief, 2019).             Since the 2011…

Implications of Taliban-U.S. Peace Talks

On March 26, 2019, Posted by , In Afghanistan,Imagery Analysis,Taliban,United States, With Comments Off on Implications of Taliban-U.S. Peace Talks

Written by Jarom Drummond             The first half of March was filled with lengthy peace talks carried out between Taliban and United States officials. In the end, no conclusion was reached, though both sides left with optimism (Rashid). The Taliban continues to refuse to hold peace talks with the Afghani…

ISIS in Afghanistan

On February 9, 2019, Posted by , In Afghanistan,Information Reports,Pakistan, With Comments Off on ISIS in Afghanistan

Written by Kailey Nordgran ISIS in Afghanistan and Pakistan Since the Islamic State started operating in Afghanistan around 2014, their numbers have grown substantially. (Erickson, 2018) The first signs of the Islamic State’s presence in Pakistan, also appeared in late 2014 (Bhojani, 2017). The group is largely aided by “a…

The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

On February 25, 2012, Posted by , In Afghanistan,Africa,Iran,Middle East,Mike Godfrey,Pakistan,Syria, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on The Iran-Al Qaeda Connection

This past week has seen Al-Qaeda rise after a period of weakening and transition. After losing a number of its leadership, most notably Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, it was thought that the organization would be further crippled until it could no longer operate effectively. However its recent actions…