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The New Power Struggle within Afghanistan

Jihadi vs. Jihadi

By Cole Bunzel

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan raised fears that the country would once again become a safe haven for Islamist militants intent on international terrorism. In light of the Taliban’s history of harboring such radical groups, these fears are justified. But the two movements vying for influence in the country, al-Qaeda and Islamic State (also known as ISIS), both face serious obstacles in their quest to use Afghanistan as a platform to bolster their strength and launch a new wave of terrorist attacks.

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