Two to three weeks ago, it was clear the Taliban had the upper hand. And as @AnnWright46 said, Afghan government forces giving up is kind of the Afghan way. "If you want to live, you go over to their side. These sorts of things are just not at all put into the equation."

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Also, @AnnWright46 put the Taliban's executions of Afghan military forces into perspective, highlighting the cycle of violence. In 2001, warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, who became vice president, took up to 2000 Taliban prisoners in containers and executed them in the desert.
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While a few parts are irrelevant now, this is the full episode with Ann Wright and Matthew Hoh from July. These are the kinds of voices we should be listening to as we make sense of the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan. invidious.fdn.fr/_tqLZ9hBwec
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