How the Taliban Outlasted a Superpower: Tenacity and Carnage

by Abdullah Jurat

Author: Mujib Mashal

Affiliation: The New York Times

Organization/Publisher: The New York Times 

Date/Place: May 26, 2020/ USA

Type of Literature: Article

Word Count: 3,800 


Keywords: Taliban, Peace Deal, US invasion, Afghanistan.



The author highlights the failure of the US invasion in Afghanistan by emphasizing the levels of compromises made by both sides (the Taliban and the USA) to reach a peace deal. The focus point of the article is on a low-degree ideological compromise from the Taliban’s side, and their bold stand against the current Afghan government. Based on the official announcements made by the Taliban, its peace deal with the US is limited in scope and does not include a ceasefire with the Afghan forces. They are strict on the idea of bringing an Islamic establishment. Over the period of time, the Taliban locality administrations have taken the shape of a shadow government, administering successfully from fighter recruitments all the way to winning the hearts and minds of local communities against the current Western government system. The Pakistan intelligence service “ISI” and its military have played a crucial role towards the Taliban’s success since then. 


By: Abdullah Jurat, CIGA Research Associate

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