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On this, the fourteenth anniversary of America's invasion of Afghanistan, a resurgent Taliban is challenging President Obama's plan to withdraw US forces by the end of next year. Many Afghans have lost all hope, and this weekend's attack on a hospital has compromised US credibility. We look at this week's deadly airstrike on a hospital in Kunduz and America's long role in Afghanistan.

Also on the program, does Britain owe billions in reparations to the descendants of slaves in Jamaica? 

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel

Russia Strikes Syrian Targets from the Sea 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Russia has stepped up its military presence inside Syria and, for the first time has fired missiles on Syrian targets from ships in the Caspian Sea. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today that’s the wrong strategy. Borzou Daragahi reports on the Middle East for BuzzFeed News and joins us from Istanbul.

Guests:
Borzou Daragahi, BuzzFeed News (@borzou)

The US in Afghanistan and the Rules of War 34 MIN, 42 SEC

After first calling it "collateral damage," then then saying that Afghan forces needed support against the resurgent Taliban, the US has admitted it ordered a deadly air-attack on a hospital in Afghanistan -- but calls it a mistake, not a war crime. Doctors Without Borders, which ran the hospital, has demanded an international investigation. The incident has dramatized the resurgence of the Taliban, potentially upsetting US plans to withdraw almost completely by the end of next year. The City of Kunduz, where the attack occurred, is now a shambles, and tens of thousands of Afghans are desperate to leave their country. Do setbacks and blunders make the case for being stronger and staying longer?

Guests:
Ron Waldman, Doctors of the World (@_MdMUSA)
Charles Dunlap, Duke University Law School (@DukeLaw)
Bilal Sarwary, freelance journalist (@bsarwary)
Liza Schuster, City University London (@citysociology)
Douglas Ollivant, New America Foundation (@DouglasOllivant)

More:
Doctors of the World on Kunduz airstrike
Dunlap's call for getting the facts before declaring hospital strike a war crime
Bilal on life for Afghans in Kunduz as the Taliban returns to power

Jamaica Wants Slavery Reparations 8 MIN, 36 SEC

When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, slave owners were compensated with some 20 million pounds -- the equivalent of two billion today. The slaves got nothing. That has not been forgotten by the descendants of slaves in Jamaica, as David Cameron learned last week. Asked by a reporter if Britain has any intention of paying reparations for the slave trade that thrived when Jamaica was a colony, Cameron emphasized that he was there to strengthen ties and "look to the future." University of West Indies sociologist Verene Shepherd is chair of the Jamaica Reparation Commission and Vice Chair of the Caribbean Community Reparation Commission.

Guests:
Verene Shepherd, Jamaica Reparations Commission

Britain's Black Debt

Hilary McD. Beckles

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