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Eight Months Later, A Look At The Taliban's Broken Promises

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Eight Months Later, A Look At The Taliban's Broken Promises

FILE - Girls walk upstairs as they enter a school before class in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 12, 2021. In a surprise decision the hardline leadership of Afghanistan’s new rulers has decided against opening educational institutions to girls beyond Grade six, a Taliban official said Wednesday, March 23, 2022 on the first day of Afghanistan’s new school year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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After taking control of Afghanistan last summer, the Taliban made promises for more inclusive and less repressive leadership in Afghanistan. Many of those promises involved maintaining women's rights.

But now, education for girls has become more limited, and other restrictions have been placed on women. NPR's Diaa Hadid reports on what the uneven implementation of those policies suggests about Taliban leadership.

And Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press reports on how the Taliban backtracking on some of its promises bodes for Afghanistan's future.

Additional reporting in this episode also comes from NPR's Fatma Tanis.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

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