The deaths of civilians, both in the initial car crash and in the protests that followed, sparked the worst anti-American riots the city has seen since the fall of the Taliban four years ago.In wars, or "wars," as in politics, or "politics," certain constructions become so prevalent, so ubiquitous, that they persist long after the moment of their accuracy, or "accuracy," has passed.
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"The fall of the Taliban," is one of these. It was clear enough at the time, but is now perfectly clear that the Taliban didn't fall so much as they shrugged and walked away.
Now they're marching back.