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A Short Visit to the Taliban’s Tense and Quiet Capital

The future of Afghanistan remains deeply uncertain – mostly because the Taliban have not decided what path they will chart for their new government, as Crisis Group expert Graeme Smith discovered in Kabul.

The Taliban are still finding their way around Kabul, the capital they took with the rest of Afghanistan last summer, and some of the former insurgents look a bit lost as they adapt to new lives as government officials.

  • Graeme Smith
  • ICG

On a recent day, an armoured vehicle with black government licence plates arrived at a large supermarket, a local landmark.

The Taliban official behind the wheel – a Pashto-speaking out-of-towner – struggled with Persian, a…

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