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No Peace Without Unity in Afghanistan

Feb 23, 2016 | 10:00 GMT
Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwa in the western province of Farah, Nov. 3.
Afghan Taliban fighters listen to Mullah Mohammad Rasool Akhund (unseen), the newly appointed leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban, at Bakwa in the western province of Farah, Nov. 3.
(JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the Taliban has exploited the security vacuum created by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force drawdown, a leadership struggle is exacerbating the Islamic fundamentalist movement's internal divisions and derailing future prospects for peace negotiations. And despite diplomatic progress being made between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a number of problems will prevent the peace process from gaining traction, not least of which is a deep-founded legacy of mistrust. ...

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