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The grim calculus behind Afghan tragedy

As winter approaches, the suffering of the people of Afghanistan will worsen

Harsh V PantKriti M Shah
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The Taliban, which swept through the country ahead of the final withdrawal of US-led forces this week, were unable to control the valley when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

It’s been more than three months since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, and the situation in that country continues to worsen by the day. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has been exacerbated by the standoff between the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan or IS-K, the lack of access to food, medicines and cash reserves. The Taliban, now in a position of ultimate power, have shown the world that they can defeat the military might of the United States by simply outlasting them. However, they are struggling on the governance front — in their ability to demonstrate to the Afghan people, the international community and to their fighters across the country that they have the capability to lead a nation, maintain law and order and provide a functioning economic system.
One of the foremost security challenges for the Taliban government comes from IS-K. There remain between 2,000 and 3,000 IS-K fighters in Afghanistan, with majority of them concentr
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First Published: Nov 25 2021 | 11:32 PM IST

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