Trump’s botched attempts to end the war in Afghanistan have empowered local terrorist groups

By Lynne O’Donnell & Mirwais Khan

The failed efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump to broker a deal with the Taliban to enable the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has led to splits in the insurgent group’s leadership and mass defections of commanders and fighters to the Islamic State group operating in the country, according to Afghan government officials and leaders of both terrorist organisations.

An internal Afghan government intelligence report, seen by TheArticle, reveals the extent of concern in Kabul about the fallout of the Trump negotiations with the Taliban. Sources in the Afghan government say that future attempts to bring peace will be much more complicated as a result of the splits caused by those talks. They expect violence to intensify as rival groups fight to prove their own strength against Afghan state forces. … Read more…