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AfPak File Podcast: What's Behind The Rising Violence In Afghanistan's Helmand Province?


AFGHANISTAN -- Internally displaced people with their belongings flee from Nadali district to Lashkar Gah during the ongoing clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, October 14, 2020
AFGHANISTAN -- Internally displaced people with their belongings flee from Nadali district to Lashkar Gah during the ongoing clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces, in Helmand province, October 14, 2020

In recent days, the southern Afghan province of Helmand--long a Taliban bastion--has seen major upsurges of violence, including in areas near the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, where the Taliban has mounted new offensives.

What accounts for this new unrest--arguably the heaviest violence since the Taliban began peace talks with the Afghan government last month--and what impacts might it have on the intra-Afghan dialogue?

These questions and more are addressed in the latest edition of The AfPak File.

This week's guests are Shabnam Nasimi, executive director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan; Jonathan Schroden, director of CNA's Center for Stability and Development; Mustafa Sarwar, a journalist with Azadi Radio, the Afghan Service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and Michael Kugelman, Asia Program deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Muhammad Tahir, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's media manager in Washington DC, moderates the discussion.

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