As of Monday, August 30th, 2021, the Taliban has taken full control over Afghanistan as the last of the U.S. soldiers have flown from the country. This has put an end to the longstanding 20-year military occupation in Afghanistan by the Americans. The U.S. and the rest of the world are concerned and questioning the fate of the country with the departure of all military occupation. The U.S. has been actively deployed in Afghanistan since 2001, after the Taliban’s 9/11 attack. Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command announced that the last of American troops departed from Kabul airport on Monday night according to Al Jazeera.
The Taliban has declared Afghanistan a “free nation” and claim they desire good relations with the U.S. Many are questioning the accuracy of this statement as they recall the Taliban’s previous ruling from 1996 to 2001 in the country. As stated by Al Jazeera, this ruling actively ended the rights that many women had gained in the country and included a very inhuman justice system. Though many Afghans fear that this will become the norm once again, the Taliban continues to promise a tolerant government different from the previous one that upholds women’s rights.
In Kabul, Charles Stratford for Al Jazeera stated that the Taliban are trying to convince the international community and Afghans that they working towards enacting a government that functions in the modern world. They claim to also be looking to change their political beliefs. With this being said, many are hesitant and Stratford reiterates the trust issues that many countries like America have because of the ongoing rivalry between the nations.
The Taliban’s invasion of Kabul in August saw with it the evacuation of more than 123,000 people according to Al Jazeera. The United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, has stated that there is a forthcoming humanitarian and economic crisis in Afghanistan as a result of the Taliban takeover. He warns that basic services will be threatened as well the well-being of Afghan women, children, and men. He has encouraged the international community to support these individuals through funding.
In the next coming days, the international community will watch how the Taliban handles the first few days of full authority over the country. Many are concerned over the fate of numerous Afghans who wish to leave the country and seek asylum elsewhere. Numerous foreigners are also stranded in the country with no promise of being able to return home anytime soon. According to Al Jazeera, the UN Security Council has created a resolution on Monday which “urges the Taliban to allow people to freely leave the country as well as allowing humanitarian access to UN and other aid agencies”. The next coming days are imperative to not only Afghans but the rest of the international community.
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