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Back to the Herat Frontlines: The Return of Ismael Khan

On July 9, as the Taliban made rapid gains in the western Afghan province of Herat, Ismael Khan vowed to raise a civilian militia and push back the insurgent organization. In the 24 hours before Khan’s remarks, the Taliban had captured eight districts in Herat... MORE

The Warlords Return to Afghanistan: Atta Mohammad Noor

On June 21, the Afghan warlord Atta Mohammad Noor pledged to mobilize the public of his native Balkh province to fight the Taliban (TOLO News, June 22;, June 21). The announcement came as the Taliban has made dramatic territorial gains in the country, having... MORE

Iran’s Man in Nineveh: Waad Qado and the PMF’s 30th Brigade

On May 12, the U.S. Department of State released its annual report on International Religious Freedom. Though the report drew media attention for calling out abuses of religious freedom from geopolitical rivals to the United States, including Russia and China, what received less attention was... MORE