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Negotiating with the Taliban

Afghanistan's human cost

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The US's impending peace talks with the Taliban pose the question: has it been worth it?© moslihh

The US has announced that it is about to begin peace talks with the Taliban. At such times, it is worth remembering the cost incurred in Afghanistan over the past 12 years, and questioning whether the losses have been worth the effort.

In the January issue of Prospect, Margaret Evison wrote about her experiences when her son Mark was killed in Helmand. She describes how hard it was to handle…

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