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July 19, 2006

Coalition soldiers have recaptured both towns taken by the Taliban over the weekend.This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise When the Taliban can hold towns against combined Afghan and coalition forces, than we’llknow the future of Afghanistan is in serious jeopardy. The fact that they have enough operational capability to seize them in the first place is bad enough news.

The Post also notes that the Afghan government is going to try again to reestablish a “Vice and Virtues” ministry, and that Afghani officials accuse Pakistani Islamicists of (sit down, I know this will be a shock) aiding the Taliban.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.