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Afghan security forces sit on top of a vehicle as they patrol outside of Kunduz city (REUTERS/Hamid Shalizi).

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A dispatch from Afghanistan: What the Taliban offensive in Kunduz reveals

October 8, 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown

The Taliban’s recent victory in Kunduz, an extremely important strategic province, is both tremendously impactful and different, reports Vanda Felbab-Brown from Afghanistan. This is the first time the Taliban managed to conquer an entire province. It was extremely well-planned over a period of months, if not longer, she says. It is imperative that Afghan politicians put aside their self-interested scheming and rally behind the country to enable Kabul's government to better function, or they will push the country over the brink, Felbab-Brown argues.

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