How Islamic State Got a Foothold in Eastern Afghanistan

How Islamic State Got a Foothold in Eastern Afghanistan   Members of the Shinwari tribe in the Nangarhar province of Eastern Afghanistan — many of whom are now displaced — opened their homes earlier this year to people they thought were in need. “At first they came as friends. They had their families and their belongings, and women with them,” said Malik Niyaz, a tribal elder. “They told us they were our brothers, and requested us to give them shelter.” In local tribal tradition, Niyaz and his people welcomed them into their homes as guests. The Shinwaris also remembered how some of them had been given refuge on the other side of the mountain a couple of decades ago during the war with Russia, and were eager to return the favor. The foreigners ...
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