Biden-Ghani meeting: Afghan president makes last-ditch effort to stop Taliban gains
25 June 2021 | 3:32 pm
The Taliban are gaining control of more territories in Afghanistan and could soon advance toward Kabul. Can Ashraf Ghani convince US President Joe Biden to keep backing his government even after the troop withdrawal?
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It's been four months since the Taliban swept to power in Afghanistan, something they did faster than anyone anticipated. Since August, they have had to make a rapid transition to running the day-to-day business of a struggling state. From Kabul to the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar and the mountainous Wardak province, our team have witnessed the grim reality of Taliban rule. FRANCE 24's senior reporters Catherine Norris Trent and Roméo Langlois bring us this exclusive full-length documentary.
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