A Paradox for the Taliban Resistance in Afghanistan Appears to Be Growing

After almost two decades as a guerilla movement, the Taliban have completely underestimated what it means to run a state. It will be extremely difficult for them to keep Afghanistan under control.
Taliban fighters patrolling in Kabul

Taliban fighters patrolling in Kabul

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Taliban opponents in the Panjshir Valley on August 19

Taliban opponents in the Panjshir Valley on August 19

Foto: AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN / AFP
An anti-Taliban protest in Kabul last Thursday

An anti-Taliban protest in Kabul last Thursday

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An anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad last week

An anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad last week

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People gathered at the airport in Kabul hoping to leave the country

People gathered at the airport in Kabul hoping to leave the country

Foto: WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP