Violence in Afghanistan

Shades of Vietnam

Print edition : August 30, 2019

Members of the Taliban delegation speaking to reporters on May 28 in Moscow. The conference in Moscow had representatives from the Taliban and the Afghan government under the same roof for the first time. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

At a hospital in Herat on July 31 after a bus hit a roadside bomb on the Kandahar-Herat highway and dozens of passengers, mainly women and children, were killed. Photo: HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP

The political headquarters of Amrullah Saleh, President Ghani’s running mate, in Kabul on July 29 after a car bomb attack. Photo: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arriving for an election campaign rally in Kabul on August 5. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan with Zalmay Khalilzad, the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the U.S. State Department, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on August 1. Khalilzad met Imran Khan ahead of his flight to Doha, Qatar, for a crucial round of peace talks with the Taliban. Photo: Press Information Department/AP

The bloodletting in war-ravaged Afghanistan continues unabated even as the U.S. and the Taliban engage in peace negotiations. U.S. military experts believe that getting out of the country is likely to be a messy affair.
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