For Afghanistan, a Divided Taliban Poses an Obstacle to Peace
May 23, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
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- The prominence of the Haqqani network within the Taliban's leadership will continue to undermine peace initiatives due to the faction's insistence on a military solution to the conflict.
- The fragmented nature of the Taliban will complicate negotiations because of the need to bring various and competing factions to the table.
- The clashing objectives involving the Haqqani network will widen the antagonism between the United States and Pakistan.