Afghanistan, a landlocked country in the Middle East Asia, also known as the ‘Grave of Empires’ is under a serious crisis right now, as the terrorist group Taliban has taken over all the major cities of the country, and the President Ashraf Ghani also fled the country. The country is in chaos and it is taking the attention of the world.
In just about 10 days, Taliban swept across Afghanistan and took over the main areas. The Taliban fighters took their first provincial capital on 6th August and by 15th August, they were at the gates of Afghan capital, Kabul. This caused a lot of scene in the country, and thousands of Afghans are fleeing to head towards other neighbouring countries.
What did President Ashraf Ghani have to say?
Even a bigger problem arises when the President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, as the situation was getting uncontrollable. He released a statement writing:
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Today, I came across a hard choice; I should stand to face the armed Taliban who wanted to enter the palace or leave the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting and protecting the past twenty years. If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction and destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in this six million city. The Taliban have made it to remove me, they are here to attack all Kabul and the people of Kabul. In order to avoid the bleeding flood, I thought it was best to get out.
Taliban have won the judgment of swords and guns and now they are responsible for protecting the countrymen’s honor, wealth, and self-esteem. Didn’t they win the legitimacy of hearts? Never in history has dry power given legitimacy to anyone and won’t give it to them. They are now facing a new historical test; either they will protect the name and honor of Afghanistan or they will prioritize other places and networks. Many people and many Aqshar are in fear and are unreliable in the future.
It is necessary for the Taliban to assure all the people, nations, different sectors, sisters, and women of Afghanistan to win the legitimacy and the hearts of the people. Make a clear plan to do and share it with the public. I will always continue to serve my nation with an intellectual moment and a plan to develop. Lots of more talk for the future.
Long live Afghanistan”
The country of Afghanistan has always been prone to terrorism since a long time. In September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked four commercial airlines, crashing them into the World Trade Center in New York, popularly known as the attacks of 9/11. Few weeks after the attack, the United States of America announced that the US Forces had launched attacks against the terrorist group and Taliban targeted Afghanistan.
On October 7, 2001, US Military began to bomb parts of Afghanistan to fight against Taliban, and in result thousands of Afghan civilians were also killed. This campaign of the United States was supported by the United Kingdom.
On May 1st, 2011, Osama Bin Laden, the one responsible for the attacks of 9/11 was killed in Pakistan by the US.
How is the United States involved in this crisis?
On February 29, 2020, the US and Taliban signed a peace agreement, which ensured Taliban’s cease-fire with the United States, while the relationship between the Taliban and Afghanistan remained limited to other violence and destruction.
On 14th April, 2021, the newly elected President Joe Biden decided on Complete US Withdrawal by 9/11. The remaining 3,500 troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn regardless of whether progress is made in intra-Afghan peace talks or the Taliban reduces its attacks on Afghanistan security forces and citizens.
In conclusion, the US has spent over $1,000 Billion in the last 20 years and lost thousands of its soldiers, killed countless Afghans and displaced nearly 4 Million Afghans, just to make peace with the enemy that they had created in the first place and wanted to eliminate.
What is happening in Afghanistan right now?
The Taliban has taken control of at least 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals, just in the span of the past seven days. Cities like Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Provinces; Heratm a cultural hub in the west; and Kandahar, the country’s second largest city, have completely fallen under the rule of Talibans. It is assumed that the capital city, Kabul, will fall to the Taliban in just 90 days.
Since the beginning of the year 2021, nearly 400,000 people have been forced from their homes, along which 80% internally displaced are women and children. Just in June alone, nearly 109,000 people were internally displaced within the country. Around 15,000 internally displaced people arrived in Kabul from other provinces, and most of them are sleeping in the open parks and public spaces.
What is the situation of people in Afghanistan?
The situation for people in Afghanistan is worse than we could ever imagine. Thousands of men rushed towards the Kabul Airport to escape, creating a chaos where a lot of people even hanged themself on the wheel of the aeroplane. Horrifying videos have surfaced on the internet, where we can see people falling from the aeroplane.
Taliban are going door to door and forcibly marrying young girls as 12 years old into sex slavery. Daily Mail reports that, “Jihadist commanders have forced the imams in the areas they have seized to bring them a lost of unmarried girls for their soldiers to marry. They view them as ‘qhanimat’ or ‘spoils of war’ to be divided up among the victors.”
“The fighters have been going door to door to ‘claim their prizes’ -young girls that will be subjected to a lifetime of sexual servitude.”
According to a letter issued in the name of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, it reads:
“All imams and mullahs in captured areas should provide the Taliban with a list of girls above 15 and widows under 45 to be married to Taliban fighters.”
In this difficult situation for Afghanistan, let us all raise our voices against the injustice that is happening and create more awareness among the people, and make them realize the dreadful situation happening in one of our fellow countries. Let us raise our voices for peace and justice, women rights, safety and security, more international solidarity, more international support, more freedom of speech, more protection of journalists, more education and more health facilities in Afghanistan.