Afganistan Falls to Taliban as U.S. Withdraws Troops

The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan as U.S. troops depart.

The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan as U.S. troops depart.

On August 16, the Taliban gained control over Kabul, the capitol city of Afghanistan. This is the first time the Taliban has had control over the country since 2001. The takeover comes after the United States decided to withdraw troops from the country after 20 years of fighting. The Taliban was able to take over the city without any resistance from the Afghan army.

Since the shift in power thousands of locals have attempted to flee the country. Videos of people holding on to landing props on departing planes and thousands of people gathering in the runways have been circulating and brought attention to this issue. The reason people are fleeing is a fear that the Taliban will strictly enforce Sharia law and kill any coconspirators with the US army. There are fears that under Sharia law, the Taliban will take away many of women’s rights, such as ability to go to school, work, go outside without a male present, drive, and others. The Taliban has said that it will allow women to work and study, but people are uncertain on if this will happen or not.

The United States is working to save trapped Americans and allies of the U.S. army. Still, the chaos caused as the U.S. withdraws have led people to question Biden’s leadership. Many have said he was “unfit to lead.”  The future of Afghanistan is very uncertain, as it has been for the last few years. Women in the country may be in very serious trouble.  In considering the possibility of a grim future, Junior Both Mony says “I believe the Taliban should not take over.” He suggests that the U.S. should take some action to stop them.