The Taliban seized Afghanistan; just two weeks before the U.S. completed its troop withdrawal. This is not the first time the Taliban rule over this country, so the fundamentalist group ruled the nation five years ago. This time, they stormed across the country and took back the state, capturing all major cities.
In 2001, the U.S. forces ousted them out of power, preventing what is happening now. However, their return to power concerns the whole world because the rising number of refugees is very high even now. Another concern is how they violate fundamental human rights, masking this abuse as laws and authoritarianism.
What is happening in Afghanistan?
The Taliban is a militant group that ruled the country during the 90s. The U.S. invasion during 2001 ousted the insurgents from power, but they never really left and regained control across the country in recent days. They did this thanks to the U.S. troops’ withdrawal because the country was, once again, vulnerable to an attack.
We aren’t saying they need the U.S., but those troops were a good chunk of their forces. However, the government has been Western-backed for the last 20 years because they tried to help the country fight the local insurgence.
Why are people fleeing?
Most of the people in the country are fearing for their life. But, thanks to the Americans, many of them worked alongside the Americans of the Government that was out in the country. Also, the Taliban reimpose a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, which are very harsh on women, and allow radical punishments.
In other words, they are reinstalling a regime that ran in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. During this time, women couldn’t study or work. They couldn’t even go out without a male relative. But, on the other hand, the banned music can cut the hands of thieves and stoned adulterers, which means they can kill if they want to.