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Taliban return to Afghan town that rose up and drove out its leaders

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The Guardian, 28 October 2014

In a detailed report about the comeback of the Taleban and the end of the anti-Taleban uprising, “Martine van Bijlert, an Uruzgan expert with the Afghanistan Analysts Network” is quoted:

In Gizab, however, residents waited in vain after the revolt for the government to exert control…  “Instead, they just felt like a lot of local commanders were given a lot of power,” she said. “And it wasn’t necessarily better.” Corruption, nepotism and hard-handed treatment of residents remained the order of the day.

International forces also underestimated the fluctuating nature of Afghan politics, expecting local power-brokers to throw their lot behind those that booted out the Taliban. “In reality, the US military were dealing with commanders who have a history of going back and forth between the different sides,” said Van Bijlert.