Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban and already the fingers are being pointed at whose fault it was. Several have called this an ‘intelligence failure‘. Is it? Phil Gurski weighs in on who ‘lost’ Afghanistan.
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Quick hits 171: When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban
The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal following a costly two-decade war. Listen as former CSIS intelligence veteran Phil Gurski looks at what we know and what’s next for Afghanistan.
Who are the Taliban?
Formed in 1994, the Taliban were former Afghan resistance fighters, known collectively as mujahedeen, who fought the Soviet forces in the 1980s. Their aim was to impose their interpretation of Islamic law on the country and remove any foreign influence. After the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996, the Sunni Islamist organization put in place strict rules: women had to wear full body coverings, weren’t allowed to work or study and were forbidden from traveling alone. TV, music and non-Islamic holidays were also banned.