Since the death of the militant group's founder has fueled closer links with foreign groups like al Qaeda,and then there is the Islamic State based in eastern Afghanistan
You see a more overt cooperation between the Taliban and these designated terrorist organizations, our concern is that if the Taliban were to return, that because of their close relationships with these groups, that they would offer sanctuary to these groups, that was the very reason NATO forces went into Afghanistan in the first place: to prevent al Qaeda functioning freely while the Taliban, which ruled the country until its ouster at the end of 2001, looked on.
If you go back to last year, there were a lot of intel estimates that said within Afghanistan al Qaeda probably has 50 to 100 members, but in just one camp were found more than 150, exposing the gap in U.S. knowledge of the problem with the group's core focus was still attacking the West.
Contractions to the Birth Pains
A powerful earthquake and multiple aftershocks rattled the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu on Saturday, killing at least 23 people, the largest of the new earthquakes had a magnitude of 7.0
Saturday’s quake, which struck just before 1:30 a.m., toppled houses and apartment buildings, buckled roads and caused numerous landslides. Aftershocks shook the area throughout Saturday, more than 70 of them strong enough to cause damage to buildings,