Whether the US has achieved its objective in Afghanistan is a debate for historians to write, but one thing that is crystal clear is that the future of Afghanistan can not be decided without including the Taliban.
In just 20 days from now, all US soldiers will withdraw from Afghanistan leaving the government and Taliban insurgency at each other’s throats. According to the latest figure the Taliban now controls 65% of the country. This despite a spirited campaign by the American and its NATO to dislodge them from the government.
When did the war start?
It all started on 11 September 2001 when Osama Bin Laden destroyed the two twin towers using two hijacked Boeing 767 passenger planes. America went on to invade Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, in search of Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda members.
Osama slipped through the Tora Bora Mountains into Pakistan where he hides for ten years until he was killed at his compound in a daring raid by US special forces.
Was Osama Linked to The Taliban?
The short answer is no, but the American government accuses the Taliban of giving safe harbor to terrorists including Osama. Thus why they invaded Afghanistan to crush the Al Qaeda terrorist group. The invasion of Afghanistan did not seat well with the Taliban who were ruling at the time. They vowed to fight off the superior American forces until they.
It was not a vague threat, the Taliban had fought the Maurya Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great, the Timurid Empire of Timur, Rashidun Caliphate, the Mongol Empire the Mughal Empire, the Sikh Empire, various Persian Empires, the British Empire, and the Soviet Union.
And they have won every fricking time.
At one point Barack Obama deployed 100 000 troops in what he called “The final push”, just like his predecessor George Bush, he failed. Trump tried a different approach dropping what he called the mother of all bombs, using drones but he failed. Now Biden is withdrawing the troops in just 20 days from now on August 31st.
So who is next to face the wrath of the Taliban?