WHY THE UNITED STATES HAS ABANDONED AFGHANISTAN?
THE US ESCAPE
On the 2nd of July 2021, the US troops vacated Afghanistan’s Bagram base late in the night, without any notice without handing the base over to anyone. Americans escaped from Bagram in the middle of the night as they had Intelligence reports that the Taliban would attack them.
WHAT DID THE US LEAVE BEHIND IN AFGHANISTAN?
The US troops left behind thousands of vehicles, millions of items, some five thousand Taliban prisoners.
WHY DID US ENTERED AFGHANISTAN?
President Biden said that the United States did what it wanted to do in Afghanistan. The mission was to liquidate the terrorists, those who attacked them on 9/11, the next mission was to eliminate Osama bin laden and the last was to stop the terrorist threat in Afghanistan from supporting the attacks on the United States. The US entered Afghanistan between October 7 and December 17, 2001.
WAS THE MISSION OF THE US TO AFGHANISTAN SUCCESSFUL?
The President said that they have achieved the three objectives. He also said that the US did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build. Despite the efforts of the past four US Presidents to end the war and promote democracy in Afghanistan, the US has not been successful in annihilating the Taliban. The Taliban and its allies have turned stronger now than they were in 2001.
WHAT WAS THE COST OF THE AFGHANISTAN WAR FOR THE US?
The US has spent two trillion dollars in 20 years and had lost 2400 men. The US was not willing to risk any more lives in Afghanistan.
WILL THE US STILL BE SUPPORTING AFGHANISTAN?
Afghanistan war is the longest war the US has fought. Though the objectives of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan are far from fulfilled, Washington has said that it would still be providing logistical support to Afghanistan, from bases outside the country.
In December 2001, the Taliban wanted to surrender unconditionally, but the United States rejected their offer. After a score of years, the United States is chasing the Taliban to accept a cease-fire and agree to a political settlement with the U.S.-backed Afghan government.
Principally, the US is making efforts to make peace/power-sharing a possibility between the Taliban and the democratically elected government in Kabul, but there has been no progress, as both sides are having an ongoing fight in Afghanistan.
The Taliban is not prepared for a ceasefire and there is an apprehension in keeping its commitments at the talks.
US TROOPS WITHDRAWAL
Ever since the remaining U.S. Troops started withdrawing out on 9 May 2021, the Taliban has made speedy territorial progress.
Taliban has grown stronger, they have legitimized terrorism. Al Qaeda though are present in Afghanistan they have lost their muscle that was perhaps two decades back.
WHAT IS THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN NOW?
Afghanistan as of late as 2017 was transformed into a conflict lab and when the Americans felt the situation beyond their control, they left saying we’ve accomplished what we needed. In all America lost a conflict as well as its face.
Taliban acknowledge to control 85% of Afghanistan, it takes steps to vanquish the rest.
Taliban, if it has its way, it has its stand of a strict Islamic society means no elections or even girls’ education. Kabul is facing defeat on the battlefield, while the Taliban is certain that it can capture the country.