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Taliban fighters react to a speech by their senior leader in the Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan, May 27, 2016 (AP photo by Allauddin Khan).

A Look Back on 2018, From the Taliban’s Revival to Facebook’s Black Market for Antiquities

Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

In a special year-end episode of Trend Lines, we look back on 2018 through three of our most popular Report interviews. They take us from the frontlines of the war against Boko Haram in West Africa, to life under a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan, to Facebook, the new hub for the black-market trade in antiquities from the Middle East.

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Relevant Articles on WPR:
‘Year of the Debacle’: How Nigeria Lost Its Way in the War Against Boko Haram
Afghanistan’s Islamic Emirate Returns: Life Under a Resurgent Taliban
How Facebook Made It Easier Than Ever to Traffic Middle Eastern Antiquities

Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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