The story of Afghanistan has been front page news for some time now. And rightly so. In one respect, it shows how waging a war, occupation and a retreat can destroy a country. And that is what the US and its NATO partners have done. The exorbitant US spending in the Afghan war: a 2.26 trillion dollars, corruption, unfinished projects, and an expense that will continue for some time even after the US pullout. Was it worth it?
The Afghan economy under the Taliban: what was the economy before they took control, and what will be their source of revenues. Will they discontinue their opium sales: our in-depth section covers that. And China has practically welcomed the Taliban with open arms. Is that due to the One Belt One Road project, or with an eye on Afghanistans mineral wealth?