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The Ghosts of Afghanistan’s Past

Shah Shuja ul-Mulk and other drawings, published in “Sketches in Afghaunistan” (1842) by James Atkinson.

ON March 10, Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, shocked Western leaders by declaring that recent attacks proved that the Taliban “are at the service of America.” The implication was clear: terrorists were colluding with the United States to sow chaos before America’s planned withdrawal in 2014. American and European leaders, mindful …

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