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Peace has never been more elusive in Afghanistan

aftermath of a suicide car bombing on a Kabul street
Afghan security officials inspect the blast site in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 27, 2018, after suicide car bombing left 40 dead and 140 injured. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

The big picture: In recent days, three mass-casualty terror attacks, all claimed by the Afghan Taliban or ISIS, have rocked Afghan cities and killed more than 130 people.

This isn’t the first time Taliban assaults have hit urban spaces in Afghanistan with such intensity. However, what makes this latest spate so troubling is that ISIS, a newer entrant to Afghanistan’s militant environment, is a perpetrator too.