The wave of bombings that killed at least 60 people and left hundreds injured could be a show of force by the Taliban to strengthen their position ahead of peace negotiations, some analysts believe.
The brazen attacks on Friday and Monday, whose victims included an American Green Beret, have raised fears that the Taliban may have abandoned a negotiation strategy as part of the leadership shakeup after confirmation that longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died two years ago in Karachi, Pakistan. A second round of exploratory peace talks, which opened last month in Pakistan, was indefinitely postponed after the announcement of Mullah Omar’s death.
However, some longtime Afghan analysts believe that the Taliban leaders have not entirely abandoned the idea of talks with the Afghan government. The leadership first needs to prove it’s a potent force, and one that is independent of Pakistan, too.