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Taliban takeover in Afghanistan: What consequences for the wider region?

By France24
04 September 2021   |   7:19 pm
In this week's edition, we explore what the turmoil in Afghanistan could mean for the wider region, from emboldened extremist groups to political realignment. To understand what's at stake, we talk to Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at The Wilson Center think tank.

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