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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban quietly forming regular army to make Afghanistan a state

With help from China and Pakistan, new Kabul ruler aims to counter ISIS-K threats

ISLAMABAD -- Overwhelmed with the challenges of maintaining its own cohesion, dealing with a collapsing economy and stabilizing the country, the new Taliban administration in Kabul has been quietly working on creating a new regular army for Afghanistan.

Taliban leaders have tasked Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of the late Taliban movement founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, and army chief Qari Fasihuddin to create a new army.

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