Image: Refugee camp; photograph shows children and temporary shelters underneath trees, probably after the Jericho earthquake in July 11, 1927.
Tom Joscelyn, @thomasjoscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, @billroggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re: Edmund Fitton-Brown, coordinator of the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban; ambassador covering troubled areas of the Middle East. Camps have become breeding-grounds for ISIS. Children and wives of these fighters live with family in the camps. All are deeply radicalized.
Taliban apologist revised the history to show that Taliban and al Qaeda are not close.
Insurgency means that you keep the goal/dream alive, and continue recruiting; this works over decades. The despair that Afghan people are feeling as the US withdraws forces and Taliban overrun the nation.
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Take a look around the globe today and you’ll see jihadists fighting everywhere from West Africa to Southeast Asia. They aren’t the dominant force in all of those areas, or even most of them. But jihadism has mushroomed into a worldwide movement, with al-Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS and other groups waging guerrilla warfare and launching terrorist attacks on a regular basis.