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Taliban attacks could be negotiating ploy, analysts say

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Stars and Stripes, 11 August 2015

AAN’s Kate Clark quoted on attacks and talks:

… some longtime Afghan analysts believe that the Taliban leaders have not entirely abandoned the idea of talks with the Afghan government. The leadership first needs to prove it’s a potent force, and one that is independent of Pakistan, too.

“The Taliban have plenty of reasons to want to show that they are strong militarily, first to the Afghan government … and secondly to their own ranks to boost morale at a difficult time,” Kate Clark, a senior researcher with the Afghan Analysts Network, said in a report issued Monday. “Such attacks as were seen in the capital might also be a message to Islamabad and Kabul not to treat the Taliban as marionettes.”