With Kabul wedding attack, Isis aims to erode Taliban supremacy

As the US and Taliban negotiate peace, Isis sees an chance to sow fresh chaos in Afghanistan

Even by the bloody standards of Afghanistan, it was a brutal attack: a suicide bomber at a wedding celebration, detonating his device as children danced and the happy couple completed their marriage rituals. In an instant more than 60 of the 1,000 guests were dead, hundreds injured.

Few events are so joyous and optimistic as a wedding. So why would a terrorist group – even one as brutal as the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility – want to attack one?

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