@BillRoggio: Afghanistan. Are the Taliban just running out the clock? Yes; US is desperate to get out; Taliban laughs. Will Ashraf Ghani survive? I doubt it–I don’t think even the government will. I think in short order it’ll go back to warlordism.

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Photo: The taller Buddha of Bamiyan before (left picture) and after destruction (right).

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Tom Joscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, discuss the al Qaeda publication of, “The Love Story between Salman al Saud and the Pirate Trump.” Al Q follows our reporting carefully. At last week’s conference in Geneva: Taliban will negotiate with the US, but not with the “impotent Kabul administration” – the Afghan government. Are the Taliban just running out the clock? Yes, I think so: the US is desperate to get out; wants a negotiated settlement by the April election. Taliban laughs. Will Ashraf Ghani survive? I doubt it – I don’t think even the government will. I think in short order it’ll go back to warlordism.