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Peace talks or war plans?

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

They say peace is the period after war for the preparation of the next war. The peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Doha are aimed at that sort of peace.

As I had written about my prediction in this space here before, an alliance of convenience could emerge between the Taliban and the United States — one aimed at fighting against the looming threat of Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. The IS views the region including Afghanistan, India and Pakistan as part of the Khorasan region in their greater Islamic state.

Now that the IS has been defeated in Syria to a convincing extent, there is more reason to believe that their remnants would look east to the fertile grounds of Afghanistan and would actually start the long march to regroup. And now IS would be focused on taking revenge from the United States more than ever. Their soft launch........

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