Three months ago, I had an extended conversation with correspondent Jere Van Dyk, who has done extensive reporting in Afghanistan over the last two decades and was held prisoner by the Taliban for 45 days, which he lived to write about it in “Captive.”

Today, on the eve of the 9th anniversary of US combat operations in Afghanistan, I called upon his expertise once again to analyze a Washington Post story saying Afghan President Hamid Karzai was holding secret talks with the Taliban to negotiate an end to the war. I asked Van Dyk whether this means the US might get out of Afghanistan in the near future, and what the resurgence of the Taliban — which harbored Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda training camps pre-9/11 — means for US homeland security.

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Click here to listen to my earlier discussion with Jere Van Dyk.