Key Points

As with previous photo sets and videos, the Taliban is training its recruits in the open during broad daylight while flying its flags without fear of reprisal.

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Ghazni is one of the most unstable provinces in Afghanistan. Deh Yak district is one of the 11 districts in Ghazni that are currently controlled by the Taliban. The remaining eight districts in Ghazni are contested, according to an ongoing study of the security situation in Afghanistan’s districts by FDD’s Long War Journal.

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A famous Afghan proverb says “Powerless shall always remain shareless” and this saying distinctly describes the Kabul-based administration. They have continually remained loyal to the interests of the invaders and toed the official line of their masters over the past two decades and therefore, they shall continue to remain an insignificant party when it comes to major issues.

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The total American military presence in Africa is estimated to be between 6,000 and 7,000 troops. However, America’s military footprint across Africa is much in doubt, as the Defense Department is reportedly considering plans to withdraw forces from the continent.

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“Asim Umar, his staff, his courier to [Al Qaeda emir Ayman] Zawahiri, and even his wife, were embedded with the Taliban, in the Taliban’s heartland,” a military officer said. “When you want to sell a split between the Taliban and Al Qaeda, these facts become inconvenient.”

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EVENT: Shatter the Nations: ISIS and the War for the Caliphate

October 21, 2019 | 12:00

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