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The Taliban and Global Jihad

10 September 2021

Over the last month, many have expressed concerns that - despite pledges from the Taliban to prevent Afghanistan being used for terrorist activity - a Taliban-run government will inevitably increase the risk of the country becoming a safe haven for Islamist militants to recruit, train, and plot reprisal attacks on the Western forces that occupied the country for 20 years. The cautious consensus amongst the international community is that the Taliban’s desire for recognition as a legitimate government overrides any desire to ‘get back’ at the powerful Western forces that largely withdrew before the Taliban were in a strong enough position to topple the fragile Afghan government. It is widely accepted that if the US were given reason to intervene in Afghanistan again, the Taliban neither have the numbers or the resources to stay in power. Therefore, it is in the group’s interests to honour their promise and contain al-Qaeda and other associated militant groups, such as the Haqqani Network. What we have seen so far, following the fall of Kabul, have been deadly attacks either carried out, or inspired by, Islamic State (IS) – a group the Taliban has been fighting for many years.

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Afghanistan: The Race to Leave

24 August 2021

As the 31 August withdrawal deadline rapidly approaches, international evacuation efforts at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport (KBL) have become a race against time. The airport is currently managed by the US military, which agreed to withdraw all US forces by September in a landmark agreement with the Taliban last year. Without US troops on the ground, other allied forces will be unable to hold the airport or maintain a military presence in the country.

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The Return of the Taliban

15 August 2021

This morning, Kabul residents awoke to face their first full day under Taliban rule in two decades. Over the course of the last 12 months, the Taliban have increasingly escalated violent attacks on the Afghan government security forces and foreign troops, culminating in an unprecedented nationwide offensive - which saw Taliban insurgents advance on Kabul yesterday, seizing the capital.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | January

01 February 2021

The first edition of the InTouch Monthly for 2021 comes a year after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus in China. At that time just over 200 people had died; one year later and the virus has claimed more than 2.2m lives across the world. We look at some of the areas where the virus is having the most significant impact, alongside other key issues such as the Afghan peace talks and the farm law protests in India.

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Security Exchange Newsletter | January | Asia

31 January 2020

China - At least 213 people have died and almost 10,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus (2019-nVoC) which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The virus is understood to have originated from a seafood market which dealt in the illegal wild animal trade. Genetic analysis suggests the virus was transmitted to humans from snakes, which in turn are thought to have caught the virus from bats.

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The Rise of Suicide Bombers

09 May 2019

Throughout recent decades, suicide bombing has become an increasingly prominent method of attack used by terrorist groups and other non-state actors worldwide. As communication technology has progressed, the issue of suicide attacks has undeniably become a global one, evoking fear and panic worldwide. There is no single underlying cause behind suicide bombing, but rather a combination of factors.

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Better Late than Never

11 October 2018

With less than a fortnight to go until Afghanistan’s parliamentary elections, concerns about security have come to a head after the Taliban issued a direct threat to target the long-awaited vote. The Taliban issued a statement on Monday, condemning the elections and outlining plans to violently disrupt and prevent them by targeting the security forces.

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The Long Road to Peace

05 July 2018

The war in Afghanistan, which has been raging on for almost 17 years, looks set to continue after recent reconciliation efforts fell through. After almost a month of hopeful speculation, the Taliban officially rejected the Afghan government’s final offer of peace talks. In June the government launched the process of negotiating deals with the Taliban, which – for a short while - tentatively engaged in the peace efforts.

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Journalists Under Fire

03 May 2018

Afghanistan was ranked the third most dangerous country in the world for journalists by Reporters without Borders in 2017. Within the first four months of 2018, at least 11 journalist deaths have already been confirmed – setting journalists in Afghanistan up for another deadly year. According to figures released by the UN, 14 journalists were killed in conflict-related incidents last year.

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The Taliban Vendetta

24 January 2018

On Saturday evening, at least 22 people were killed when Taliban insurgents stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. While some unconfirmed reports claim the death toll may be much higher – as many as 43 – most observers agree that at least 14 foreign nationals were killed. Nine Ukrainians, one German, one Greek, and one Kazakh citizen were identified among those dead. The US State Department also confirmed that some Americans were killed and wounded, but did not provide exact numbers. Approximately 160 people were rescued from the hotel, including around 40 foreign nationals.

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Afghanistan: Annual Review 2017

10 January 2018

Throughout the last year, SE has recorded a total of 9,752 security incidents across Afghanistan. While incidents occurred nationwide, the majority of incidents took place in the Nangarhar, Helmand, Faryab, Ghazni, Kandahar, Kunduz, Kunar, and Farah provinces. Large parts of the southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces are Taliban strongholds, while the Islamic State (IS) has a strong presence in Nangarhar - where the most security incidents were reported in 2017.

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