What Happened: The Taliban released a statement on Aug. 8 calling for India and Pakistan to exercise restraint following New Delhi's decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir's autonomous status on Aug. 5.
Why It Matters: The Taliban's statement points to the group's attempt to position itself as a serious diplomatic actor with influence over the region's affairs.
Background: Anonymous Pakistani officials have suggested Islamabad could delay the conclusion of the impending Afghan peace deal unless Washington rebukes India for its moves against Kashmir.
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