Steve Coll on the Afghanistan War and Directorate S

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Guest: Steve Coll

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani wants to talk peace with Taliban. He’s offered to forgive their war crimes and allow the Taliban to become a legitimate political party in an effort to end the almost 17 years of fighting. Journalist STEVE COLL has been covering Afghanistan before and after 9/11. His new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan looks at the many missteps the U.S. military apparatus has made in this war. This includes the misapprehension that the Pakistani intelligence agency was our ally in the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which was simultaneously aiding and funding these terrorist organizations. Coll joins Marty for the hour to walk us through America’s role in the region.

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