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For Taliban, Taking Over Afghanistan Was the Easy Part

Ruling Afghanistan and gaining legitimacy will be more challenging than waging war

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A tired mule climbed up a narrow goat trail on an Afghan mountain. It was carrying two simple sacks on either side, from which antiaircraft missile heads protruded. His rider, armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, carried an outdated walkie-talkie and waited for instructions.

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