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The Taleban returns: Afghan events may have spillover effect on South Asia, say analysts

Taleban militants gather after taking control of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan, on Aug 13, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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NEW DELHI - Afghanistan's permanent envoy to the United Nations Ghulam M. Isaczai told a Security Council meeting last week that 10,000 foreign fighters representing 20 groups were fighting alongside the Taleban in his country.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which has been held responsible for multiple terror attacks in India, including the one in Mumbai in 2008, was among the groups he named.

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