Taliban vows softer approach but how long will it last?

There are growing fears the Taliban will oppress women and ethnic minorities in Afghanistan

17 August 2021 - 19:57 By Faseeh Mangi and Eltaf Najafizada

On the eve of the US invasion in 2001, a top Taliban diplomat issued a warning: “Afghanistan is a swamp. People enter here laughing, are exiting injured.”

The US, which soon afterwards ousted the Taliban from Kabul in a matter of weeks, is now racing to evacuate the capital, after the militant group seized control of it on Sunday much faster than anyone predicted...

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