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Eid speech can’t clear up if Taliban chief’s alive. But whoever’s running Afghanistan isn’t fit to rule

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Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada’s Eid speech in Kandahar—delivered with his back turned to the audience, and cameras kept away—reinforces doubts on whether the ageing cleric is alive, and in charge. Irrespective of the answer, escalating violence and economic chaos show whoever is running Afghanistan isn’t fit to rule.

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