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Afghan Taliban prioritise control over recognition

Tuesday, November 29, 2022


The same penalty was meted out on November 11 to nine women and ten men in the north-eastern city of Taloqan. The use of physical punishment was ordered by Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada on November 14, in a return to the practices which isolated the 1996-2001 Taliban government internationally.


  • European states are likely to be put off more than others from providing support.
  • Regional states are less likely to alter their approach and may even approve of harsh measures that lead to progress against IS.
  • There are rumours that women will soon be barred from university.

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