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U.S. forces have begun their final withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is expected to conclude by September. The first few days of the pullout have been turbulent, with Taliban rockets hitting a base housing US troops and US airstrikes targeting Taliban fighters.

The latest episode of The AfPak File takes stock of the withdrawal so far, with a particular focus on the logistical and security challenges, and reactions in Afghanistan.

Joining the discussion are Jonathan Schroden, director of CNA's Countering Threats and Challenges Program; Mariam Wardak, an Afghan-American journalist and activist; Mustafa Sarwar, a journalist with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Azadi Radio; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's media manager in Washington DC, moderates the debate.

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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