As long as the Afghan government aligns itself with the US, which is keeping troops, planes, special operations and drones to bomb targets in Afghanistan or Pakistan, there will be no peace, says former US Marine Matthew Hoh.
The only way to bring the war in Afghanistan to an end is some form of negotiation that will let the Afghan government and the Taliban work out something that benefits the Afghan people, says Peter Mark van Buren, US Foreign Service veteran and author.
A high-ranked Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) commander in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, the country’s intelligence said. Hafiz Saeed Khan is the fourth IS leader to be eliminated there this week.
Islamic State loyalists [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] have recently taken control over significant territory in Afghanistan, ousting the rival Taliban jihadist group there, Reuters reports, citing witnesses and officials.