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The sophisticated and deadly attack on one of northern Afghanistan's most secure bases served as a reminder that the Taliban, not ISIS, are the most potent Islamist insurgency in the country.
Autocratic President Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan for more than two decades. But public reports he has suffered a debilitating illness raise the possibility of a succession battle, complicated by Uzbekistan's own Islamist insurgency.
The school, which opened in 2006, has symbolized a path to progress for many. Thirteen people were killed, including students, educators, and security guards.
The expected decision comes as the Afghans struggle with a resurgent Taliban. The UN says 3,545 Afghan civilians were killed and 7,457 wounded in 2015.
Afghan Taliban leader Mansour, target of a US drone strike, was seen as an opponent of the peace process with Kabul. But killing him could backfire, analysts say.
The Taliban used to take relative care not to target journalists, as a way to tell 'their side' of the story. But that has changed.
Prime Minister Sharif says he has local militants under control. But a suicide bomb killing 72 in Lahore, mostly women and children, suggests another story.
The release puts the prison population below 100 for the first time since shortly after it opened in 2002. There are now 93 still held.
Gen. Raheel Sharif of Pakistan and senior Afghan officials have agreed to meet with US and Chinese officials early in the new year to discuss peace-relates issues.'
A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
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