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US Withdrawal from Afghanistan - Basics

The US has withdrawn all US troops from Afghanistan, almost 20 years after the war began, and as a result the Taliban is now in power in Afghanistan. Joe Biden defended his decision by saying he was faced with a choice between sticking to a previously negotiated agreement to withdraw U.S. troops this year or sending thousands more service members back into Afghanistan for a “third decade” of war.

The US invaded Afghanistan shortly after 9/11, the goal being to dismantle al-Qaeda, which executed 9/11, and to remove the Taliban government from power. The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan in 1979, killing 2 million Afghans, and 15,000 Soviet Troops, in a span of 9 years. The US supplied Afghans with weapons, which they later used for 9/11 attacks.

The US fought in the Afghanistan war for 20 years, making it its longest war. Donald Trump announced a plan to pull out of the Afghanistan war, last year. He signed a deal with the Taliban that limited US military action against them. Biden followed up on this plan and pulled the troops out as mentioned above.

It is unclear as to what will happen next in Afghanistan as the Taliban has taken over the country after overthrowing the government. The biggest concern is for the women and children who are now expected to follow the Sharia law.

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