It's long been on a slide back towards complete Taliban control. That long slide is mostly complete:
The gunmen came at night to drag Mohammed Halim away from his home, in front of his crying children and his wife begging for mercy.Afghanistan is lost.
The 46-year-old schoolteacher tried to reassure his family that he would return safely. But his life was over, he was part-disembowelled and then torn apart with his arms and legs tied to motorbikes, the remains put on display as a warning to others against defying Taliban orders to stop educating girls.
Can Iraq be far behind?