The containment of the Taliban will be proceeding, including financial support. Corruption must be fought tirelessly and real reconciliation as well as peace-talks with the Taliban with Pakistan involved are necessary.

The Afghans are good and friendly people. They want to live like many of us do with jobs, families and peace - only some one to five percent are radicals. Many are conservative Muslims , but not radicals. The most Afghans want peace after many decades of destruction.

After the ISAF mission ended in 2014, the Taliban cannot win. The glass is about three quarters full. The Taliban lack the support of the people, have no viable vision for the future of the country. More bombs drive just the people away from them. The Afghan Army and police are fighting considerably well. A new young generation with smartphones is in charge, with better educations, including the girls.There are many media outlets reporting. The elections showed broad interest and support for the political process. After 13 years the Afghans have emancipated from the Taliban past. The Taliban lost long-time support from Pakistan and the ISI and safe heavens in FATA. he foreign troops have left with only a limited training mission still in the country. Now the battle is between the Afghans and not against a foreign invader.

It is fairly easy for the Taliban to detonate bombs anywhere - but not possible to win the country, the north or large cities back. The Taliban, alongside drug smugglers and criminals, are isolated now in the countryside in the south.

Afghanistan is still dangerous - but peace will prevail. See:

Afghanistan after 2014: What's Next?, Hubertus Hoffmann

Afghanistan: Success and Failures of the Past Decade, Ludger Kuehnhardt

Transformation in Afghanistan: "We" and "they" or "we" and "us", Ludger Kuehnhardt

Two ISAF-Generals: Good Progress in Afghanistan, Hubertus Hoffmann