Amid the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban has been steadily taking over the country. This scenario is exactly why Trump was originally advised against troop withdrawal, and why Biden’s continuation of the policy is causing consternation among some American citizens.
After a 20-year Western military mission and billions of dollars spent training and shoring up Afghan forces, many are at odds to explain why the regular forces have collapsed, fleeing the battle sometimes by the hundreds. The fighting has fallen largely to small groups of elite forces and the Afghan air force.
Is Afghanistan completely doomed? So far, not quite: the United States is still threatening to bring down its wrath if the Taliban continues to take over. But will that be enough to truly deter them when countries like Russia are more likely to recognize their insurgent government?