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The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Taliban

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President Trump is pushing the military to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, all but guaranteeing a major place for the Taliban in the country’s future.

As a child, Mujib Mashal lived through the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Now a senior correspondent there for The New York Times, he has for years reported on the extremist group and, more recently, has covered the progress of peace talks.

In this episode of “The Daily,” he shares memories of his childhood and tales from his reporting, and reflects on whether a peaceful resolution is possible.


Mujib Mashal, senior correspondent in Afghanistan for The New York Times.

ImageMembers of the Taliban in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, in March. “We see this fight as worship,” a commander there said. “So if a brother is killed, the second brother won’t disappoint God’s wish — he’ll step into the brother’s shoes.”
Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

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Mujib Mashal contributed reporting.

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