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Taliban takeover may push Syrian jihadis toward Afghanistan

Some jihadist groups facing pressure from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria are eying Afghanistan as a new haven after the Taliban took control.
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Jihadi factions in Syria are hailing the Taliban’s takeover of most of Afghanistan. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, congratulated the Taliban on their “conquest” in an Aug. 18 statement. 

Many other jihadi factions hostile to HTS followed suit, praising what they described as a “victory” by the Taliban. A group known as Al-Jihad Coordination, the Firqat al-Ghuraba battalion and Jund al-Sham issued separate statements congratulating the Taliban movement on their advance.

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