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The Economist
12 mins | May 13, 2020

As America pulls out of Afghanistan the Taliban fight on

Negotiations are not making much headway, but the insurgency is. "In Taliban-held territory, government-funded schools and clinics often continue to operate, says Ashley Jackson, a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute, a British think-tank, especially if local residents are keen on it. In some areas the Taliban insist that teachers, who are paid by the government, actually turn up to work. Some NGOs operate in Taliban territory quite happily, working with “NGO co-ordinators” appointed by the local commander. 'It is the government we are afraid of,' says one employee of an aid agency. 'With the Taliban, we can co-ordinate.'" The Economist reports.

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