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As government forces struggle to defend key districts in a northeastern Afghan province, former anti-Taliban commanders are rallying fighters to defend Badakhshan against insurgent onslaught.
A week after the Taliban overran Kunduz, the fate of the strategic provincial capital in northern Afghanistan is far from clear as the Taliban and government forces continue to engage in periodic gunbattles. The estimated 300,000 Kunduz residents have paid a high price for violence in the city.
The fall of a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan brings home the threats posed by the rapid rise of the Taliban and its international militant allies to Central Asian nations.
Years of war and drought have increasingly forced Afghanistan's Kuchis, a nomadic tribal group, to abandon their traditional lifestyle and relocate to settled areas.
A former senior adviser to three International Security Assistance Force commanders offers advice on how to arrest and reverse the growing predicament in Afghanistan. More
RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, assembled a panel to discuss recent developments in northern Afghanistan and what Central Asia could do to help the Afghan government and military. More
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