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The Taliban have closed girls' schools in the districts. They collect taxes from people and they have their own courts. The governor was attacked and the Taliban are in the villages. All because Kunduz is ignored by our president and ministers in Kabul," said a group of elders over endless cups of green tea in the provincial capital.
As you drive from Kabul into Kunduz city, it is not long before motorists come across a colourful billboard with a powerful message:
"Last year explosives killed 1,700 and injured more than 2,393 people. That is enough.