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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 July 2018

Beyond The Headlines podcast: Is Afghanistan's fight against the Taliban almost over?

Foreign Editor Arthur MacMillan talks with The National's Kabul correspondent Ruchi Kumar about the prospects of peace.

An Afghan Taliban militant carries a rocket launcher as he stands with residents on June 16. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP
An Afghan Taliban militant carries a rocket launcher as he stands with residents on June 16. Noorullah Shirzada / AFP

Afghanistan has become a byword for conflict. But the past weeks saw extraordinary scenes of Taliban fighters and their usual foe —government security forces — embracing in the streets in a historic, if short, ceasefire.

Could it herald something bigger, such as an end to the war? Or will ISIS make that impossible?

This week we spoke to Ruchi Kumar, The National's correspondent in Kabul, and asked if the chances of peace have increased. Has anything really changed?

Listen to the latest Beyond the Headlines below, and subscribe to the series for free on Apple Podcasts.

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