On January 4, a top Taliban official claimed that the group had a “duty” to protect Chinese nationals who want to invest in the mineral and oil wealth of the country while turning a blind eye to the starving Afghan population. The statement follows a December attack on Chinese investors who frequently stay at Kabul’s Longan Hotel. ISIS-K, the Khorasan Province of the Islamic State, took credit for the attack. The attack may have increased Chinese policymakers’ worries about the threat presented by terrorist organizations operating inside Afghanistan, but those worries were quickly dispelled. The Taliban reported killing eight ISIS-K…
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