Out of Afghanistan, a podcast with Lynne O’Donnell

This undated 2009 photo shows journalist Lynne O'Donnell in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. O’Donnell, a foreign correspondent who has covered major stories throughout the Middle East and Asia for two decades, has been named Kabul bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading the agency’s coverage of Afghanistan at a time of transition and turmoil. The appointment was announced on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 by Ian Phillips, AP’s Middle East news director, and Dan Perry, the regional editor for text. (AP Photo/Courtney Body)

Veteran Australian war correspondent Lynne O’Donnell has returned to Afghanistan to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces, two decades after the troubled country was invaded following the al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.

The Taliban and the government of Ashraf Ghani are positioning themselves for renewed struggle, and O’Donnell says Afghans are worried about their future amid a sharply reduced U.S. military presence.

Between 2009 and 2017, O’Donnell was bureau chief in Kabul for The Associated Press and the French news agency AFP. She now writes for a wide range of publications, including Foreign Policy, Tortoise Media, and the South China Morning Post.

She holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London, where she is a research fellow of the war studies department and a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. She spoke with Luke Hunt. Listen here.

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