Sami Yousafzai is The Daily Beast's correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he has covered militancy, al Qaeda, and the Taliban for Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast since 9/11. He was born in Afghanistan but moved to Pakistan with his family after the Russian invasion in 1979. He began his career as a sports journalist but switched to war reporting in 1997.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 28, 2018.
ENDLESS WAR

Both sides are edging toward a serious dialogue. Their visions are far apart—but both know that ISIS is waging its own war of terror in Afghanistan, and it threatens everyone.

DEADLY APPLES AND ORANGES

A former Afghan member of ISIS and a Taliban commander say claims of credit for such an atrocity are almost irrelevant, as long as the U.S.-backed regime is discredited.