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Should Taliban poetry be published?

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A new poetry anthology is causing more of a stir than one might expect from such a book. The collection, Poetry of the Taliban, has drawn criticism over whether the Afghan militant group should be given a platform.

Felix Kuehn is one of the collators of the anthology and he defended the project, saying that the poetry gives readers "a different window" into the Taliban and their motivations, adding that after reading the verse "you do understand the Taliban better".

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, raised concerns when the book was announced and told the Today programme that allowing the work to be published can "do nothing other than encourage" the Taliban

He warned that we must guard against "celebrating poetry of this type" knowing the history of the group that wrote it.


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