Afghanistan's Northern Borders Heat Up

Oct 23, 2015 | 09:00 GMT
Afghanistan's Northern Borders Heat Up
A soldier in Uzbekistan guards his country's border with Afghanistan.
(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Increased militancy along Afghanistan's northern border in recent months is gaining attention, both within Central Asia and outside the region. And world powers are becoming more focused on stopping it. Consequently, the border between Afghanistan and the Central Asian states could heat up in the coming months, both militarily and politically. However, the threat of rising militancy is only one factor among many -- not the least of which is the U.S.-Russia standoff -- that will determine how the conflict plays out....

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