Two weeks before U.S. troops withdrew after a two-decade war; the Taliban seized power over Afghanistan. The rebels charged the country and captured many significant cities. As a result, Afghan forces and their allies faded away.
Let’s take a look at what happened and what will come.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AFGHANISTAN?
The Taliban emerged in the early 90s and were in control of Afghanistan until 2001 after a U.S. invasion. Despite the U.S. invasion, the group never left. The insurgents bombarded the country, which in turn collapsed the Western-backed government. Fearing what will happen next, Afghan citizens attempted to flee and raced to the airport.
WHY ARE PEOPLE FLEEING?
They’re worried that the country will have violence and chaos or that the Taliban will avenge those who worked for the United States government. Citizens are also worried that life will return to what it was during 1996-2001. The Taliban ruled with a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Women were confined to the home, prohibited from going to school, and escorted by men when in public. Music was also banned. Although the Taliban vows not to take revenge, many Afghan citizens are hesitant to believe.
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?
Right now, it’s unclear. The Taliban held meetings with former government officials and have stated they want to form an inclusive “Islamic government.” Although they vowed to enforce Islamic law, the Taliban support the idea of women joining the government. Despite these promises, citizens still fear for the future.