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A gentler Taliban wield an iron fist

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New York Times, 15 August 2015

A reportage from Baghran district in Helmand “where the Taliban were scarcely ever out of power” – “fficially, the Afghan government acknowledges having lost only four out of roughly 400 districts to the Taliban. Of these, Baghran was the first to fall, about a decade ago, ”

“There is probably nowhere else in Afghanistan more completely under Taliban rule. … The Taliban in Baghran are not an insurgent force but the government, and a long-established one at that. … “In Baghran, you feel like you are in a mini-emirate of the Taliban.”