Insurgents typically excel at exploiting state weaknesses and crises and COVID-19 is no exception. "In Afghanistan, the Taliban have long refused demands for a cease-fire—at least against local forces — and the pandemic hasn’t altered their stance. On the contrary, the Taliban have increased their attacks." The Islamist group is using the coronavirus crisis for propaganda, with potentially dire consequences for those living under its control. Ashley Jackson, writing in Foreign Policy, reports.