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1. The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan this week, retaking which crucial city on Sunday?





Click here to access all of Foreign Policy’s coverage on the fall of Afghanistan.

2. Which Afghan politician is not involved in transition talks with the Taliban?

Hamid Karzai

Ashraf Ghani

Abdullah Abdullah

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

3. About how much money has the United States spent on equipping and training Afghan security forces over the past two decades?

$80 billion

$45 billion

$120 billion

$12 billion

And that’s not all. Afghanistan was fertile ground for U.S. defense contractors. Read Foreign Policy’s report on their role in the Afghan military’s collapse here.

4. On Thursday, Afghanistan marked its annual Independence Day, commemorating the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1919. Which two countries also celebrated their independence days this week?

El Salvador and Eswatini

Haiti and India

Gabon and Indonesia

Hungary and Djibouti

5. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to Asia this weekend. Which country is she visiting first?





6. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also on the move, heading to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a 2007 meeting between the two leaders, Putin called in his large dog, Koni, to meet Merkel—who has been famously canine-averse since being attacked by a dog in the 1990s. What did Merkel say to the press after the encounter?

“I looked into his eyes and saw three letters: a K, a G, and a B.”

“Putin is the most mature statesman in the whole world right now.”

“I looked the man in the eye. … I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

“I understand why he has to do this—to prove he’s a man. He’s afraid of his own weakness. Russia has nothing, no successful politics or economy. All they have is this.”

The other quotes about Putin are from the late U.S. Sen. John McCain (A), the filmmaker Oliver Stone (B), and former U.S. President George W. Bush........

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