More and more Tajiks are leaving their home to join so-called "Islamic State" and other extremist groups. DW correspondent Juri Rescheto has visited the former Soviet state to figure out why so many Tajik men start a new life as Islamic jihadists.
While Kabul has hailed President Trump's Afghanistan strategy, Islamabad is livid over the US' criticism of its "Islamist support." Experts say it will increase uncertainty in a volatile region with anti-US sentiment.
Analyst Paulo Casaca tells DW the US must keep an eye on a hostile China-Pakistan-Russia alliance in Afghanistan, and that Pentagon chief Jim Mattis is unclear about what he means by a regional solution to the conflict.
Political analyst Paulo Casaca tells DW the attacks on Iran's parliament and Khomeini's mausoleum are a result of Iran's own policy of supporting militant groups - both Shiite and Sunni - in the region.
Northern Afghanistan can no longer be considered a safe region as militant violence increases. Central Asian countries that share Afghanistan's northern border have also become concerned about security.
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