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Afghanistan’s Power Vacuum

Two suicide bombings at the Kabul airport beg the question of whether even the Taliban have control in Afghanistan.

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On Friday, in the midst of the effort to evacuate thousands of people from Kabul, two suicide bombers attacked the Kabul airport, killing about 160 people. Jihadi group ISIS Khorasan, or ISIS-K, claimed responsibility. Who are these extremists? And how do they impact the Taliban’s plans to govern after the U.S. completely pulls out of Afghanistan?

Guest: Colin Clarke, senior research fellow at the Soufan Center and the author of After the Caliphate: The Islamic State & the Future Terrorist Diaspora.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.

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