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Why negotiating with the Taliban is the only solution

Legendary foreign correspondent Steve Coll talks to Prospect about America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Sameer Rahim  

A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, directs passengers during loading May 31, 2017 in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Photo: Brian Harris/Zuma Press/PA Images

Steve Coll is one of the great foreign correspondents of our time. A staff writer at the New Yorker and Dean of Columbia’s journalism school, Coll has written extensively on the war on terror and the alliance between the CIA and jihadists pre-9/11 in his books The Bin Ladens and Ghostwars. The latter won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.

His new work is the sequel to Ghostwars, Directorate S (Allen Lane), which examines…

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