What next for Afghanistan? Taliban on the offensive ahead of US withdrawal

Will history repeat itself when the US leaves Afghanistan? The Taliban continue to advance ahead of a drawdown that could be finalised in a matter of weeks. The insurgency has even reached the gates of Kunduz, far from its traditional base in the south. As we illustrate in an excerpt from our exclusive report, the Taliban already control vast swathes of the countryside. Is their return to power inevitable? Does it signal an end to women's rights and civil liberties as was the case in pre-9/11 Afghanistan?

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