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20 August 2021updated 12 Sep 2021 6:17pm

The fall of Kabul, with John Simpson

The veteran foreign correspondent discusses the Taliban's rapid takeover in Aghanistan

Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and Emily Tamkin in Washington DC are joined by the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson to discuss the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

They talk about the country’s history of rapid takeovers, the failings of the US and its allies, and what life is like in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Then in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on whether President Obama’s surge in 2009 could have made a difference to the future of Afghanistan.

If you have a question for You Ask Us, email podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk

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