Taliban Picking Up More Power in Afghanistan Following Announcement of U.S. Withdraw
As predicted by many GOP leaders, the Taliban is increasing its presence and power throughout Afghanistan following the decision of the administration of President Joe Biden to begin to withdraw U.S. troops from the region.
History of the Taliban
The Taliban has proven itself to be one of the biggest dangers to democracy in recent years. As an official terror group as listed by the U.S. State Department, the Taliban has led the fight against the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan over the last two decades. The Taliban, the new Afghan government, and the U.S. military have been engaged in conflict since 2001.
The Taliban usually does its business by sending an envoy to Afghan camps and offering a message that gives the locals a chance to either surrender or to fight until they are overtaken. As a result, the mounting number of surrenders begin to chip away at the power of the Afghan government.
Biden made headlines last April when he announced that he was pulling American troops from Afghanistan. While the process is not complete, the Biden administration has set a goal to finish the troop withdrawal by September 11. This deadline will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
However, as the U.S. troops are beginning the delicate process of moving out of the region, the Taliban is seizing on this upheaval to demoralize the weak Afghan forces. According to the New York Times, at least 26 Afghan outposts have surrendered to the Taliban since May 1. This points to the fact that the Taliban is seeing great success in overtaking the U.S.-installed Afghan government.