The Odd Couple: Why Iran Is Backing the Taliban
Mar 8, 2018 | 12:28 GMT
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- The presence of the Islamic State-Khorasan chapter in Afghanistan will compel Iran to continue offering support to the Taliban.
- At the same time, Tehran will maintain its outreach to the Afghan government because of their cooperation on the Chabahar port project.
- Afghanistan's instability will ensure Iran's continued involvement in the country, complicating the United States' attempts to wind down its long-running war there.