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Taliban seizure of Kunduz; and should Canada train more to fight ISIS? Christian Leuprecht on CBC Online and Global News

Taliban seizure of Kunduz; and should Canada train more to fight ISIS

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Christian Leuprecht
CBC Online, September 30, 2015

The fall of Kunduz was major blow to Afghanistan's fledgling President Ashraf Ghani. According to one expert, it was likely an effort by the Taliban's new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, to shore up the legitimacy of his own rule.

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Christian Leuprecht: Taliban release of Colin Rutherford could be linked to peace talks.

Taliban release of Colin Rutherford could be linked to peace talks.

Christian Leuprecht
​John Paul Tasker, CBC News, 13 January 2016

Colin Rutherford is walking free after more than five harrowing years in Taliban captivity, but the circumstances around his release are cloaked in secrecy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion — and officials at Global Affairs Canada — will only say Rutherford has been released to authorities in Afghanistan, and that the small Gulf state of Qatar had a role in the mediation.

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