A thin line between insurgency and local politics in Badakhshan

The competition between strongmen in Badakhshan until recently took place mainly at the local level – commanders would vie with each other for the control of poppy cultivation and trafficking or mine extraction. Patronage from the centre, from the Badakhshi politicians in Kabul, had also been a vital component of these struggles, but until recently … Continue reading A thin line between insurgency and local politics in Badakhshan