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It has taken 20 years to prove the invasion of Afghanistan was totally unnecessary | Simon Jenkins
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'I stand squarely behind my decision': defiant Biden defends withdrawal from Afghanistan – video
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Bob Woodward’s third book in Trump trilogy to cover handling of pandemic
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Defiant Biden stands ‘squarely behind’ decision to withdraw from Afghanistan
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USA Soccer great Carli Lloyd announces retirement
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Dixie fire rages amid threat of strong winds and possible power shutoffs
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I used to tut at people who need glasses to read a menu. Then I joined them …
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Joe Biden faces calls to make public address on Afghanistan – live
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The Taliban have retaken Afghanistan – this time, how will they rule it? | Antonio Giustozzi
The group’s hardline beliefs are unchanged, but coalition partners and regional powers may be moderating influences The Taliban agreed on Saturday not to enter Kabul city for now and to wait for the evacuation of western diplomats and troops, but the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s sudden departure on Sunday, without informing anyone, has led to the collapse of the remnants of police and army and
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