Afghan stability still a distant dream

Thursday marks one month since the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban's rapid return to power.

With the Taliban once again in charge, stability in Afghanistan still feels some way off. A series of fatal attacks believed to have been carried out by a regional arm of the Islamic State militant group has killed many civilians, including children.

The group, which opposes the Taliban, blew up several of their vehicles in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The Taliban have been putting criminals on the alert through high-profile capital punishment.
Several men accused of kidnapping were killed in a gun battle and their bodies put on display.
The public nature of the act reminds many of the previous period of Taliban rule.

In addition, some Taliban hardliners are said to have ties with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. This has led to concerns in the international community that Afghanistan could once again become a hotbed of terrorism.

Concerns about peace and stability in Afghanistan are growing, both at home and abroad.