U.S. forces are leaving Afghanistan as quickly and quietly as possible. The Taliban is interpreting that as a “terrible defeat” for the U.S.—and motivation for violence to come.
Sami Yousafzai is The Daily Beast's correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he has covered militancy, al Qaeda, and the Taliban for Newsweek magazine and The Daily Beast since 9/11. He was born in Afghanistan but moved to Pakistan with his family after the Russian invasion in 1979. He began his career as a sports journalist but switched to war reporting in 1997.
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