Afghanistan withdrawal: Taliban takeover ‘only a matter of time’

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    After 20 years, what does the US have to show for its war in Afghanistan? Natasha Lindstaedt, deputy dean of education, University of Essex, says “not much”. While the initial plan to pacify the Taliban was successful, the latter state-building mission has failed, with the Taliban now stronger than ever, controlling 20 percent of the country.

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