Tag Archives: Taliban

Afghans’ lives and livelihoods upended even more as US occupation ends

Forced from their homes by fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, thousands of families seek refuge in a Kabul park. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Abdulkader Sinno, Indiana University The United States invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 with the goal of destroying al-Qaida and its Taliban hosts and, supposedly, establishing a democratic Afghan state and helping Afghan …

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America’s moral responsibility for the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghans rushed to Kabul’s airport trying to flee the country as the Taliban seized power. Wakil Kohsar / AFP via Getty Images Michael Blake, University of Washington Chaotic scenes in Kabul accompanied the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The fundamentalist Islamic group was able to retake power after President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the …

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Afghanistan: what the conflict means for the global heroin trade

Jonathan Goodhand, SOAS, University of London The long war in Afghanistan reached a potential watershed on August 6 when Taliban fighters took over Zaranj, a dusty frontier town with a population of some 63,000 on the Afghan-Iranian border. Though geographically and politically marginal, Zaranj was the first provincial centre to fall during a month of rapid advances. In the preceding …

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Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

Afghan citizens at a March 2021 rally in Kabul to support peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University and Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College The Taliban insurgents continue their deadly war to seize control of Afghanistan after the departure of United States and NATO forces. As they close in …

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The US withdraws from Afghanistan after 20 years of war: 4 questions about this historic moment

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, center, greets Gen. Scott Miller, the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, upon Miller’s July 14, 2021, return to the U.S. at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Alex Brandon – Pool/Getty Images Mark R. Jacobson, Syracuse University Mark R. Jacobson, a foreign policy expert at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, served in Afghanistan …

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Afghanistan: two decades of Nato help leaves a failed and fractured state on the brink of civil war

Natasha Lindstaedt, University of Essex Afghanistan is falling apart. With US and Nato troops leaving the country earlier than planned, experts are warning that the Taliban could take control of the country within six months. Currently the insurgents control the strategically important province of Helmand, and control or contest territory nearly every province in the war-torn country. As many as …

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On the brink of disaster: how decades of progress in Afghanistan could be wiped out in short order

Militiamen join Afghan security forces during a gathering in Kabul last month. Together, they are trying to stem the tide of the latest Taliban gains. Rahmat Gul/AP William Maley, Australian National University Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of an almost unimaginable disaster. The withdrawal of US and allied forces, scheduled by President Joe Biden to be completed by September …

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