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Eavesdropping on the Taliban

A US Air Force linguist gives an account of his reconnaissance missions aboard an Air Force Special Operations Command aircraft over Afghanistan.

He writes:

“Ten years after my last deployment, and after 20 years of combat with the world’s richest, most advanced military, the Taliban has reclaimed Afghanistan. Whatever delusions existed about whether this would happen or how long it might take have been dispatched as efficiently as the Afghan security forces were by the Taliban over a single week.”

Read full article (The Atlantic)