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Complex Conspiracy Theories Shadow Al-Qaida-Taliban Deal

It did not take long for conspiracy theories involving Pakistan to surge once word got out that al-Qaida’s leader had pledged loyalty to the Taliban’s new leader. Within hours of the posting Thursday of an audio recording thought to be al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahiri giving his allegiance to Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, supporters of the rival Islamic State group, among others, had taken to Twitter. “They’re circulating hashtags saying that Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to Pakistani...

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