Zawahiri’s Killing Caps Off an Awful Year Under the Taliban

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Taliban leaders attend a ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2022 (AP photo by Ebrahim Noroozi).
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One year after the Taliban seized power in Kabul, the situation in Afghanistan is—in a word—worse. Now, the killing of al-Qaida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a U.S. drone attack has raised renewed concerns that the Taliban are providing sanctuary to the terrorist group, which could have grave implications for the country’s future.

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