Chaos And Collapse In Afghanistan: How Did The U.S. Not See It Coming?

Chaos And Collapse In Afghanistan: How Did The U.S. Not See It Coming?
Chaos And Collapse In Afghanistan: How Did The U.S. Not See It Coming?

Chaos And Collapse In Afghanistan: How Did The U.S. Not See It Coming?

The Taliban now control Afghanistan. How did the country’s government fall so quickly — and why didn’t the U.S. see it coming? NPR put those questions to the former commander of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.

Afghanistan’s future remains unclear, especially for its women and girls. One of them is Freshta Karim, a Kabul resident and founder of a mobile library project called Charmaghz, who spoke to Audie Cornish. Karim is one of many Afghans who NPR reached in Kabul during the final hours before its collapse into Taliban control. Those interviews aired on Morning Edition, and on special coverage produced by the staffs of Weekend Edition and All Things Considered.

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