Ahmed Rashid is the author of five books on Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. His latest book is ''Pakistan on the Brink.'' He is the author of ... the best-seller ''Taliban''.
The crisis in Afghanistan is deepening and President Ashraf Ghani needs to engage the Taliban.
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