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There is much speculation and many voices heard over the US withdrawal of troops and support from Afghanistan. the truth seems to be in the facts that the Taliban has support that can outspend the US and NATO in supplying the Afghan government and its troops. The Taliban itself has a substantial income from the drug trade and it is supplemented by support in funds and materiel from the following:

The Taliban receives support from:

  1. Organs of the Pakistani state
  2. The Qatari state
  3. Some quarters of the Iranians state
  4. Some quarters of the Russian state
  5. Some influential conservative people in the gulf namely the UAE and Saudi Arabia
  6. From a minority of the Afghan population
  7. Possibly some support from China

Against these players there will be no win unless these influences reduced or eliminated.

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