Inside Story

The Taliban’s security nightmare

ISIL (ISIS) in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Friday in the northern city of Kunduz.

Dozens of people were killed and others injured by the explosion inside a crowded Shia mosque during Friday prayers. It was the latest in a series of attacks by the armed group.

The violence poses a threat to the Taliban that promised to establish security that the former government could not provide. It also pledged to protect ethnic and religious minorities.

As it struggles to win international recognition, can the Taliban alone take on the threat of armed groups in the country?

Presenter: Adrian Finighan


Faiz Zaland – Professor of political science at Kabul University

Michael Semple – Chair at the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast

Hashmat Moslih – Independent Afghan analyst