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On the Taliban’s current structure in Afghanistan

This New York Times article details work by the Taliban to create government in the midst of the American military, the military’s effort to understand the inner workings of the Taliban, and the fighting between the two sides.  The article focuses on one remote district, where the Taliban is actually collecting taxes and administering a small level of governance.  The military continues to find evidence of the Taliban’s activities, for example an underground station used to treat fighters wounded in battle.  But it is not amounting to a victory, as the article notes that only three people in one area defied the Taliban’s order to abstain from voting.  Fortunately casualty numbers are low for the American side.  The article also addresses the matters of spies and of guns provided by the Pentagon to Afghan police ending up in the hands of the Taliban.

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