Afghanistan War

Afghan security forces patrol following an operation against Islamic State militants in Pachir Wa Agam district of Nangarhar province. As in Syria, Russia is casting its increased involvement in Afghanistan in the context of the growing Islamic State presence there. Photo: AFP

Is Putin hoping for ‘another Syria’ in Afghanistan?

A Russia-led initiative involving China and Pakistan that seeks a political settlement to Afghanistan’s civil war has the makings of a diplomatic alliance that could supplant the United States as the leading power in Central Asia.