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Obama speech in Kabul: What he didn't tell us

MAHMUD RAQI — President Barack Obama said "We broke the Taliban's momentum" in his visit to Kabul on Tuesday. Meanwhile, neighboring Kapisa Province is quietly unraveling. In this strategically vital part of the country, at the doorstep of the capital, a fragile security situation shows every sign of worsening.

Chris Sands

Position:  Correspondent Chris Sands has lived in Afghanistan since 2005, regards it as his home and hopes to remain there for many years to come. In the past his reporting from across the country has been published by The National, The Independent, the New Statesman and Le Monde diplomatique, amongst others. He is now a freelance correspondent for GlobalPost. Social Media Twitter handle:  ChrisSandsKabul

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