Return of the Taliban: What next for Afghanistan?

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    A question of not if but when? The Taliban continue to gain ground ahead of the final withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan, so much so that former military commanders predict the fall of Kabul within months. We ask about the latest fighting, the Afghan security forces who have fled across the border into Tajikistan and how an eventual return of the Taliban to the place they were before 2001 will change the lives of ordinary citizens.

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