Thomas Joscelyn

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Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan last week. Credit Reuters

“Allah has promised us victory and America has promised us defeat,” Mullah Muhammad Omar, the first head of the Taliban, once said, “so we shall see which of the two promises will be fulfilled.” When his colleagues admitted this summer that Mullah Omar had died, Al Qaeda and affiliated groups around the globe remembered those words — victory is a divine certainty — in their eulogies. And in Afghanistan today, though the majority of Afghans still do not identify with the Taliban or Al Qaeda, Mullah Omar’s bold defiance in the face of a superpower is beginning to look prescient.

Since early September, the Taliban have swept through Afghanistan’s north, seizing numerous districts and even, briefly, the provincial capital Kunduz.…  Seguir leyendo »

«How do you deal with al Qaeda?» former British Prime Minister Tony Blair asked rhetorically during a public hearing in London earlier this month. Mr. Blair quickly answered his own question: «You can’t deal with them unless you deal with the bigger picture, which includes Iran.»

For many in the West, Mr. Blair’s words must have seemed odd. After all, we’ve been told over and over again that Iran’s mullahs and al Qaeda come from opposing versions of Islam that are so irreconcilable they cannot cooperate even in the face of common enemies. Mr. Blair knows better.

For the second time in less than a year, Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »