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With Delay in Afghan Peace Talks, a Creeping Sense of ‘Siege’ Around Kabul

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New York Times, 23 August 2020

“Instead of mass-casualty attacks, the Taliban are carrying out targeted assaults in the capital and neighboring districts. The country’s security forces seem unable to control them.” North of Kabul, the Taleban seem to cooperate with criminal networks – which is remarkable, as this area is controlled by strongmen of the former Northern Alliance.