The Taliban has seized this key border crossing in Afghanistan. Here’s why it matters

Taliban says it controls most of Afghanistan, reassures Russia

Almost all U.S. and allied troops have been removed from Afghanistan. In their absence, trouble stirs.

Since mid-April, when President Joe Biden announced the end to Afghanistan’s “forever war,” the Taliban have made great strides to undo twenty years of U.S. influence. The Taliban’s most significant gains have been in the north, a traditional stronghold of the U.S.-allied warlords who helped defeat the Taliban in 2001.

Without the iron fist of the United States military keeping boldness in check, what will happen to an already war-torn Afghanistan?

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