Geopolitical Bullets

The Taliban's Quiet Friends

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With the rapid fall of Kabul, the Taliban proved the US-backed Afghan government had little support in the country without Western troops or money.

But does the Taliban have what it takes to rule and rebuild one of the world’s poorest countries that has been mired in war for decades?

Mainstream View: The Taliban have learned the art of public relations, and are presenting a reasonable face to the world in order to gain international recognition and aid. But the leopard has not changed its spots -- the Taliban cannot be trusted. They have no experience in running a government and the state will likely descend into civil war and become a spawning ground for terrorism. America and its allies may be forced to return.

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