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'The Taliban at War 2001-2018' (book jacket)

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Illustration on the Taliban negotiation situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on the Taliban and ISIS by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Mothers Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold a photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Stewartstown, Pa. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Afghan villagers gather around a victim who was killed during clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Taliban's controlled village, Buz-e Kandahari village in Kunduz province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive Friday, April 28, 2017, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim)

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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2016 file photo, Afghan men gather around the bodies of several civilians who were killed by Taliban fighters in Ferozkoh, Ghor province, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive Friday, April 28, 2017, promising to build their political base in the country while focusing military assaults on coalition and Afghan security forces. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE -- In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Afghan villagers gather around several victims' bodies who were killed during clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces in the Taliban-controlled, Buz-e Kandahari village in Kunduz province, Afghanistan. In a statement released Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, the U.S. military in Afghanistan said the results of its investigation into the November firefight with the Taliban in Kunduz province show that American troops had fired on Afghan homes, killing 33 civilians. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim, File)

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Pakistani news papers carry headlines about a news Taliban leader, are display at a news stand in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Pakistan's foreign affairs adviser to prime minister Sartaj Aziz said Thursday that "all indicators" confirmed that the former Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province, where he was travelling under a false name with fake Pakistani identity documents. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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In this Nov. 21, 2013, file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, dawn arrives at the now closed Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba — a camp that was used as the first detention facility for al Qaeda and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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President Obama freed five hard-line Taliban commanders from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. As the five left Cuba, U.S. specials forces troops rendezvoused with the Taliban in 2014 at a remote location in Afghanistan to pick up Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (Associated Press)

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A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle adorned with a Taliban flag in a street in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Tuesday on the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, which was captured by the Taliban the previous day in a major setback to the government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. (AP Photo)

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U.S. Central Command's official investigation concluded that a rocket-launched grenade from a Taliban fighter standing near the landing zone clipped a rotary wing, sending the Ch-47 Chinook into a violent downward spin. It was the worst day for fatalities in the history of naval special warfare. (Associated Press)

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The death of Mullah Mohammad Omar (center) was confirmed by the Taliban, which postponed a second round of talks with Kabul. (Associated Press)

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This undated file photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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An Afghan security officer stands guard at the entry gate of the Afghan parliament after an attack by the Taliban, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Afghan security officers patrolled near a guesthouse targeted by Taliban in an overnight attack in Kabul last week. An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for May 31, 2015 - 'Taliban Five' travel ban set to expire; ex-Gitmo detainees exchanged for Bowe Berghdal: FILE - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A one-year travel ban is expiring for five senior Taliban leaders held in U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay until they were released last year in exchange for Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

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The "Taliban 5" are set to have their travel ban lifted May 31. The ex-Taliban fighters were exchanged for U.S. Army Sgt. Robert 'Bowe' Bergdahl. (Image: CNN screenshot) ** FILE **

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan in June 2014. The soldier was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after he walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2011 file photo, a former Taliban fighter places a range of bullets before surrendering it to Afghan authorities, as part of a peace-reconciliation program in Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Islamic State group controls a third of both Syria and Iraq, where it declared a caliphate governed by an extremely harsh interpretation of Shariah law and demanded the allegiance of the world’s Muslims. The Taliban, by contrast, are narrowly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and some leaders have even responded to past peace overtures. (AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi, File)

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