Afghans marching in the streets, standing up for their rights, using their voices to protest, does not bode well for the Taliban. Rather than scaring the populace with their attacks, roadside bombs, suicide bombs, and assassinations, they are emboldening it to stand up.
Recent months have witnessed a surge of Taliban activity in historically more stable regions of Afghanistan, with an increasing number of insurgent attacks taking place in the provinces surrounding Kabul.
The government's impotence and the staggering insecurity in Afghanistan have left officials with much to gain from partnering with insurgents. I spoke with Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Afghanistan about the insurgent threat.