“The Taliban told people you’ll be killed or have your fingers cut off”
“The U.S. and allies are desperate for a deal, and nothing good happens when you are desperate.”
“Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogue.”
The Pentagon referred all questions to the White House when asked for comment
The insurgents, who largely control the Afghan drug trade, are flush with cash and new recruits after the lucrative poppy harvest in Helmand province.
A new report calls into question $769 million that the US has spent on Afghanistan’s education sector, including claims that the money went to schools that don’t actually exist.
VICE News correspondent Ben Anderson speaks with both patients and doctors at NGO Emergency's hospital in Lashkar Gah, and gauges their expectations of an Afghanistan free from international intervention.
This is the fourth installment of Robert Young Pelton's account of his involvement with the 2009 search for Private Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan.