Is it time to take the Afghan Taliban seriously? | Inside Story

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    U.S.-led foreign troops are leaving Afghanistan after 20 years of war, and the Afghan Taliban is quickly filling the power vacuum.

    Fighters have made swift gains, capturing districts with little resistance from Afghan government forces.

    The Taliban says it now controls 85 percent of the country.

    Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha have made little progress.

    So will the Taliban’s vision for Afghanistan eventually prevail?

    Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

    Guests:

    Nader Nadery – Member, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s peace negotiating team.

    Kurt Volker – Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

    Metra Mehran – Co-founder, Feminine Perspectives Campaign.

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    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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