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The grim calculus behind Afghan tragedy

As winter approaches, the suffering of the people of Afghanistan will worsen

The grim calculus behind Afghan tragedy
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The Taliban, which swept through the country ahead of the final withdrawal of US-led forces this week, were unable to control the valley when they ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

Harsh V PantKriti M Shah
It’s been more than three months since the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, and the situation in that country continues to worsen by the day. The ongoing humanitarian crisis has been exacerbated by the standoff between the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan or IS-K, the lack of access to food, medicines and cash reserves. The Taliban, now in a position of ultimate power, have shown the world that they can defeat the military might of the United States by simply outlasting them. However, they are struggling on the governance front — in their ability to demonstrate to the
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First Published: Nov 25 2021 | 11:32 PM IST

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