Talking about the Taliban

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THE history of the Taliban will be the subject of a talk by a respected foreign affairs reporter.

James Fergusson, who has written for the Independent, the European and the Daily Mail, will be at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery on Thursday, June 30.

The author of three books on Afghanistan, James will discuss how a small group of religious students effectively took control of the country and will consider the question of why we still do not really know who the Taliban are.

The talk is part of the DLI Museum’s Courageous Restraint: 3 Rifles in Afghanistan exhibition, which has been put together using interviews with North East soldiers.

An accompanying programme of talks, film screenings and special events looks at the wider historical, cultural and political context of the Afghanistan conflict while also considering other themes of the exhibition.

Tickets for the talk, which starts at 6pm, are at £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and £2.50 for four to 16-year-olds. Prices for DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery annual pass holders are £2.50 for adults, £2 for concessions and £1.50 for children.

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