The Taliban Gained Power in Afghanistan Again- How It Happened and What's Next?

 After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the US declared war on terror and helped overthrow the Islamist organization Taliban from power in Afghanistan. Now, the insurgents have stormed all over Afghanistan, people are fleeing the country to seek refuge in other nations, and the US is planning to withdraw the last of its troops by the end of this month. Read on to know how the Taliban gained power in Afghanistan again after two decades and what's next?

How Taliban Gained Power in Afghanistan?

There are multiple reasons why the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan. The major reason was that though kicked out of power, the Taliban never left the county. Instead, they were waiting for the right opportunity. The opportunity presented itself when the US and NATO's military decided to depart from Afghanistan. Within days, the Taliban took over the country and forced the government (including President Ashraf Ghani) backed by Western countries to flee.

Though NATO allies and the US spent a lot of time, effort, and money (billions) to train and equip the security forces of Afghanistan, they failed miserably when the Taliban attacked. Some of the reasons for this failure were corruption, lack of ammunition, supplies, food of the Afghanistan soldiers, and an exaggerated number of troops.


What's Happening Now?

The people of Afghanistan fear that the Islamist organization would reimpose the harsh interpretation of Islamic law they had implemented when they were last in power- 1996-2001. Though the Taliban is trying hard to come across as a more moderate group now, the people of Afghanistan don't trust them. They still remember the days when women didn't have any freedoms, music was banned, adulterers were stoned, and the thieves' hands were cut off (when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. As a result, thousands of people of Afghanistan are flocking at airports to get away from the country.

How is Canada and the World Trying to Help Afghanistan?

Many countries, including Afghanistan, are trying to help their diplomats and the Afghans who helped the forces during the war to get out of the country. About 20,000 Afghans are expected to be resettled by a newly expanded program in Canada. Even the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked the UN Security Council to "use all tools at its disposal to suppress the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan" and help ensure that basic human rights are respected in Afghanistan.


What's Next?

Taliban wants to form an "inclusive, Islamic government" in Afghanistan with other factions and have claimed that they will attempt to provide a secure environment to ensure the return to normal life after the long war. However, experts warn that countries like the US, Canada, and others must ensure that the Taliban emirate should be isolated internationally and shouldn't get the opportunity to spread terrorism across the globe.


All the democracies need to come together to contain the brutal force and help rescue the innocents. If given a chance, the Taliban will likely attack, torture, and kill people who had helped the Western forces.

In essence, the situation is bad for Afghanistan, and the world needs to unite to ensure the Taliban doesn't violate human rights or spread terrorism again. To know how the UN is helping in Afghanistan, click here


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