The Foreign Desk

Afghanistan: what went wrong?

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21 August 2021

Episode 399

30 minutes


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Twenty years of American-led intervention in Afghanistan ended in chaos last weekend after the Taliban retook Kabul in the face of minimal resistance. Why did Afghanistan’s expensively trained army melt away so quickly? Where does this leave Afghan civilians? And will this Taliban rule be any different from the previous regime of the 1990s? Andrew Mueller speaks to a woman in Afghanistan as well as Fazelminallah Qazizai, David Kilcullen, Jackie Northam and Haroun Rahimi.

21 August 2021

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