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Around May 21, the Afghan intelligence arrested a senior Taliban commander moments after he crossed the border from Iran to Afghanistan. The smooth capture stunned the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), which until now has not faced difficulties in transporting Taliban fighters across the border. The arrest did not register in the American media, but it could be the latest sign for how Iran is positioning Afghanistan to impact U.S. politics ahead of the November election, with reports of shifting of some of its proxy fighters from Syria to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. …

Ahmed Quraishi

Journalist. National security, human rights, crisis communication. Keywords: brief & sharp. www.linkedin.com/in/ahmedquraishi

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