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Iran maintains cautious calm as Taliban rises

Iran has been quietly watching the rise of the Taliban on its eastern border. 
Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule.

Iran has been cautiously watching the rise of the Taliban on its eastern border as the terrorist group that once killed a dozen of their diplomats and massacred Hazara Shiites took over the capital. 

Like most other countries, Iran has few choices but to watch the Taliban consolidate authority over the entire country and reestablish the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which ruled nearly 90% of the country before it was toppled by the United States for supporting al-Qaeda in 2001. According to statements by Iranian officials, it appears that Iranian authorities expected such a scenario and are hoping to avoid the previous tensions with the group.

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