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What Went Wrong in Afghanistan

The Taliban recently took control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city, and Afghans, Americans, and others are desperately trying to flee the country. The U.S. military has had a presence in Afghanistan for the past 20 years after forcing the Taliban from power, but President Biden recently announced a troop withdrawal. The Taliban responded by quickly recapturing most of the country, and many people fear retaliation and a return to repressive rule. Listen to the head of a government watchdog organization discuss what went wrong in Afghanistan, the lessons to be learned, and how the conflict in Afghanistan parallels past American wars.


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Story Length: 7:17

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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