The Madeleine Brand Show for October 20, 2010

Is the word "Taliban" still relevant?

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US Marines Patrol Remote Part Of Helmand Province Near Kajaki Dam on October, 17 2010.

According to a report in the New York Times, NATO troops are helping high level Taliban members get to these meetings safely. Brian Fishman is a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank. He's co written a paper in Foreign Policy Magazine this month which says that the term, "Taliban" has become meaningless.

Madeleine talks with Brian Fishman about how the word “Taliban” has evolved in meaning...from a small Pakistan supported militia to virtually any militant group in Afghanistan.

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