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Inside Talibanistan

From the Haqqani network to the Afghan Taliban, a look at a splintered enemy.
October 19, 2010 |
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After a summer of souring reports on the state of war in Afghanistan, the "surge" of 30,000 additional U.S. troops is now in place. And not a moment too soon: U.S. President Barack Obama has already pledged to make a decision in July 2011 about how many troops to bring home. So the window of time in which to contain or sufficiently weaken the Taliban is rapidly closing. The problem is, the "Taliban" doesn't really exist — or at least, not in the way the term is normally used.

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