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Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce

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Foreign Policy, 14 May 2020

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted here:

Thomas Ruttig, an expert on Afghanistan, believes that the hospital attack “fits the sectarian approach of the Islamic State … which primarily acts against ethnic and religious minorities,” and he likened it to an attack on a Sikh temple in Kabul in March that was claimed by the group. The Taliban, he said, showed anti-Shiite tendencies during their rule between 1996 and 2001 and carried out some Shiite massacres but have meanwhile “officially turned away from such positions” since a tentative truce with Washington was announced at the end of February, he added. [Thomas said, after 2001.]