After the Kunduz massacre, the Taliban challenged by the Islamic State

REPORT – The new masters of Afghanistan find themselves torn between their promise to ensure security, and the fear of losing part of their troops if they moderate their positions.

After twenty years of insurgency against successive governments, the time for guerrilla warfare has passed. The war, or whatever the name of this state of instability in which terrorist and criminal groups emerge, clash and unite, is far from over.

The Taliban today form a government. Their fighters – sometimes rarely trained teenagers – became a national army. They face the Afghan faction of Daesh, called the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K) in reference to this historic region which included northeastern Iran, southern Turkmenistan and northern Afghanistan. The IS-K, reduced to a few disparate pockets and which has lost a large number of fighters, nevertheless remains the main enemy of the Taliban.

Deadly attacks

On Friday October 8, this group claimed responsibility for a massacre – another one – in a mosque in Kunduz, in the north of the country. It claimed the lives of 100 civilians after a suicide bomber detonated

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