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Furniture and large thermos flasks full of hot green tea were thrown
By David Loyn
The failure to form an inclusive administration means that the Taliban will have to rule by force as they do not have wide consent
Our politicians and media are treating the Taliban’s pronouncements as if the group can be held to account
The Taliban talk of an Islamic Emirate to govern Afghanistan again, but it remains very unclear what that means
The war became part of the fabric of Panjshir after seven failed attempts by Soviet forces to take the valley in the 1980s
Corruption was entrenched in Afghanistan at the start of the conflict 20 years ago
How the Taliban will govern Afghanistan
Punch-up at the palace: why the Taliban is tearing itself apart
Panjshir valley and the last resistance to the Taliban
What went wrong in Afghanistan
The West is being played by the Taliban
How stable is the Taliban government?
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