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AfPak File: What's Behind The Rising Violence In Afghanistan's Helmand Province?

October 15, 202043:16

In recent days, the southern Afghan province of Helmand--long a Taliban bastion--has seen major upsurges of violence, including in areas near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where the Taliban has mounted new offensives.

What accounts for this new unrest--arguably the heaviest violence since the Taliban began peace talks with the Afghan government last month--and what impacts might it have on the intra-Afghan dialogue?

These questions and more are addressed in the latest edition of The AfPak File.

This week's guests are Shabnam Nasimi, executive director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan; Jonathan Schroden, director of CNA's Center for Stability and Development; Mustafa Sarwar, a journalist with Azadi Radio, the Afghan Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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

This podcast originally appeared on RFE/RL.


Muhammad Tahir

Media Manager, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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