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Taliban fighters, unsettled by peace, seek new battles abroad

By Christina Goldbaum

14 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Hundreds of young Taliban soldiers, raised in war and now finding themselves in a peaceful Afghanistan, have illegally crossed into Pakistan to fight alongside an insurgent group. This has raised concerns about violent extremism spilling out of Afghanistan into neighboring countries and even reaching Western targets.

As a child studying in a madrassa in Afghanistan, Mohammad Khalid Tahir dreamed of waging jihad. By the time he was a teenager, he had joined the Taliban and celebrated when they seized power from the U.S.-backed government two years ago.

But the high from that victory did not last. Reassigned as a soldier in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, he frequently complained that he was bored and longed to return to his life’s purpose, according to his family.

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