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Monday, December 21

Any questions about why all hell has broken loose in Afghanistan?

Let's see what's happening today. 
Pakistan-brokered peace talks between Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents could restart in early January, Reuters reported, citing officials in Islamabad and Kabul.
The head of Pakistan’s army, General Raheel Sharif, is expected in Afghanistan this week, the latest in a series of high-level contacts aimed at restarting the peace process which was broken off in July. The resumption of talks should take “not longer than two weeks. "I would say the first week of January we will see the process restart,” said a senior Pakistani official.
One of the world’s most quixotic energy projects finally kicked off this month, with the formal groundbreaking of the so-called TAPI pipeline meant to tap into the gas fields of Turkmenistan, snake across Afghanistan and Pakistan, and end up fueling thirsty markets in India. ...
All righty, that's the day's big news about Afghanistan. Now let's look at maps. The first one shows the country's provinces. Pay special attention to the southern provinces. (Quandahar = Kandahar)  The second one shows the route of TAPI.

What does it all add up to?  My guess would be that Al Saud has told Gen. Sharif, 'You have 15 minutes left to get control of Afghanistan for us or we'll do it using Islamic State.'

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