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How the Taliban See Themselves

Barney Rubin, an expert on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the Taliban's views during the early years of the war and why the five detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl were important to them. 

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The Gold Hammer

Jason Dempsey on the counterinsurgency—COIN—mission and the end game in Afghanistan. Dempsey, who was an officer at the battalion and brigade level, did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has served as a combat advisor to the Afghans and has taught at West Point. He was in Afghanistan when Bowe Bergdahl was captured and went back again in 2012 and 2014.

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A Desperate Plan

Sarah and Kim Harrison, Bowe Bergdahl's friend, on the Haqqanis and getting the soldier back. 

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