Better cooperation between Afghan forces and its partners, and a stronger effort to build trust in rural communities are integral to defeating the Taliban, the country’s new intelligence chief said, according to the New York Times. Rahmatullah Nabil, in his first interview since becoming director-general of the Afghan National Security Directorate in mid-July, explained that his priority would be to show that Afghans are capable of looking after themselves and showing insurgents that the government is set to defeat them.

    “When they understand that we are serious and that we will defeat them, then that will affect them, their morale, their courage, and their motivation,” Nabil told the Times. “That’s very important.”

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