January 9, 2015 | Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Afghan President to Visit U.S. as Taliban Tension Flares


One national security analyst warned in November that the Taliban were “in pretty good shape to make a stunning comeback after the West leaves.” That analyst, Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn, said that after a decade of U.S.-led warfare, the Taliban was poised to gain traction in certain provinces of Afghanistan, possibly with the backing of corrupt politicians and Pakistan allies.

“They’ve already been providing broad support for the Taliban, even with the U.S. there,” said Mr. Joscelyn, editor of The Long War Journal. “With the U.S. drawing out of the region, that’s only going to increase.”

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