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The best chance for peace in Afghanistan is now

Taliban can be incorporated as a legitimate stakeholder but it must cease violence

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Afghan security forces inspect the wreckage of a passenger van after a blast in Kabul on June 12: the security situation is rapidly deteriorating.   © Reuters

Takashi Okada is Japan's ambassador to Afghanistan.

As U.S. forces left Bagram Air Base after 20 years of combat operations on July 2 amid a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban continued to expand its area of control in a manner no one thought was possible.

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