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The retreat from Musa Qala is not “strategic withdrawal”

The power of the Afghan central government is on the decline

By Mike Martin & Emily Winterbotham  

Afghan security forces patrol in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. 22nd December 2015 ©Abdul Khaliq/AP/Press Association Images

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Following months of teetering, Afghan and Nato officials reported on Saturday that the last Afghan forces had withdrawn from the town of Musa Qala in the country’s southern Helmand province. Sound familiar? Like much of the news from Afghanistan, it is cyclical: Musa…

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