Afghanistan marks 1 month since Taliban’s return to power

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September 15 marks one month since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. The group emerged in the 1990s, and was removed by U.S.-led forces in 2001. The interim government under the Taliban now faces many problems after years of war that have led to the deaths and displacement of tens of thousands. Some residents say security has largely improved, but Afghanistan’s economy is in ruins, despite billions of dollars in development spending over the past two decades. The United Nations has called on international donors to quickly turn aid pledges into cash.

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