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Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, centre, prays during a campaign rally in Kandahar.
Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, centre, prays during a campaign rally in Kandahar.
(Allauddin Khan/AP)

By swapping Taliban for prisoners, is West giving up on Afghanistan?

While the United States is grappling with the aftermath of the controversial Bowe Bergdahl and Taliban prisoner swap, Afghans are not only anxious about the fate of the five notorious Taliban detainees who were released, but also struggling to make sense of the future at a time when they are in the midst of a crucial political and security transition.