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Questions concerning the political, religious and terrorist organisation in Afganistan and Pakistan.

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Are there any reliable indications on popular sentiment in Afghanistan for/against the Taliban?

(Note: this question was asked in the context of the rapid military takeover of Afghanistan in July/August 2021 and the period leading up to it. How Afghans will come to view Taliban rule in the ...
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Why do the Taliban not try to conquer the Kabul Airport?

Currently there are some thousands of USA troops there, bound by strong regulations. The army of the Taliban counts hundreds of thousands, and they are not bound by strong regulations. The USA had war ...
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Why is China interested in supporting the Taliban?

In this news article, it is said that China is willing to develop positive relations with the Taliban. "China respects the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny ...
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Which countries have welcomed the Taliban takeover/victory in Kabul?

FT reported (paywalled) that Pakistan has, at least at the government level: As the Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after a dramatic military offensive, the leaders of neighboring Pakistan did not ...
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Why does the Afghanistan peace agreement talk about Visa and passports when the US does not recognize the Taliban?

From part 2 section 5 of the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan: The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban will ...
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Is Taliban a terrorist organization in China's and the US's eyes?

By some (unofficial) reports, President Biden decided to launch airstrikes against Taliban fighters. It shows that the US is not friendly to the Taliban. But Chinese leaders had met with a leader of ...
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What was the premise behind the Bush/Obama administration's "we don't negotiate with terrorists" sentiment?

Many scholars and policymakers state that negotiating with terrorist groups legitimizes them, their goals and their methods. They assert that such negotiations incite violence, weaken democratic ...
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Does the new Taliban government in Afghanistan still not recognize the Duran line? Do they propose any other well-defined border with Pakistan?

This answer to Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan? mentions the Duran line and the Afghanistan's government lack of ...
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Did Taliban maintain foreign relations with other countries between 1996 and 2001?

Seeing all the news of embassies evacuating out of Afghanistan made me wonder - what were the foreign relations of Taliban before the 2001 war? I can tell the US Consulate was shutdown in 1989, the ...
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Why did the US completely depart the Bagram Air Base?

After reading this question and the associated comments, I was left wondering: For what reasons did the US choose to completely hand over Bagram Air Base to the Afghan Security Forces? Was it ...
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Why doesn't the USA use drones and bombardment to support the Afghan government troops? [closed]

Since 2001, it was the usual practice. Various warlords and the government army fight on the field, and they get air support from the USA military. Sometimes Taliban leaders were also killed by USA ...
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Why is the rest of NATO blaming the US for the situation in Afghanistan?

Example headline: 'Greatest debacle that NATO has seen': Biden stuns allies with Afghanistan mistakes expected of Trump "You know, it is not the European Union who decided to leave Afghanistan,&...
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