For the primary time since 2001, there are no American troops in Afghanistan after the US accomplished the evacuation of most of its residents and 1000’s of at-risk Afghans.
Greater than 114,000 folks have been airlifted from Kabul airport previously two weeks as a part of the US effort.
However the finish of the US army involvement in Afghanistan raises a brand new set of questions for Biden and his administration.
What occurs to People and at-risk Afghans left behind?
The US has evacuated greater than 5,500 US residents since evacuation flights started on Aug. 14. A small variety of Americans have chosen to proceed to remain in Afghanistan, lots of them to allow them to be with members of the family.
The Biden administration has stated it expects the Taliban to proceed permitting secure passage for People and others to depart Afghanistan after the US army withdrawal is accomplished.
However there are issues about how these residents will have the ability to depart if there isn’t a functioning airport.
Tens of 1000’s of at-risk Afghans, resembling interpreters who labored with the US army, journalists and girls’s rights advocates, have additionally been left behind.
It’s unclear what their destiny shall be however officers are involved that the Taliban might retaliate in opposition to them.
The Taliban have pledged to permit all overseas nationals and Afghan residents with journey authorization from one other nation to depart Afghanistan, based on a joint assertion issued by Britain, the US and different international locations on Sunday.
What occurs to Kabul airport after US forces leaves?
For the previous two weeks, the US army has been securing and working Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport with practically 6,000 troops.
The Taliban are in talks with governments like Qatar and Turkey to hunt help to proceed civilian flight operations from there, the one means for many individuals to depart Afghanistan.
Turkish International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Sunday that repairs have to be made at Kabul airport earlier than it may be reopened to civilian flights.
Turkey, which is a part of the NATO mission, has been answerable for safety on the airport for the previous six years. Holding the airport open after overseas forces hand over management is important not only for Afghanistan to remain related to the world but additionally to keep up support provides and operations.
What does the long run US-Taliban relationship seem like?
The US has stated it doesn’t plan to depart diplomats behind in Afghanistan and can determine on what to do sooner or later based mostly on the Taliban’s actions.
However the Biden administration should decide the way it is ready to guarantee a humanitarian and financial disaster doesn’t escape within the nation.
The United Natinos says greater than 18 million folks – over half Afghanistan’s inhabitants – require support and half of all Afghan youngsters below 5 already undergo from acute malnutrition amid the second drought in 4 years.
Some international locations together with Britain have stated that no nation ought to bilaterally acknowledge the Taliban as the federal government of Afghanistan.
What sort of menace is posed by Islamic State?
The one space of cooperation between the US and Taliban might be on the menace posed by Islamic State militants.
There are questions on how Washington and the Taliban can coordinate and doubtlessly even share data to counter the group.
Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Okay), named after a historic time period for the area, first appeared in japanese Afghanistan in late 2014 and shortly established a repute for excessive brutality.
The group claimed duty for an Aug. 26 suicide bombing outdoors the airport that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians.
The US has carried out at the least two drone strikes in opposition to the group since then and Biden has stated his administration will proceed to retaliate for the assault.
ISIS-Okay is a sworn enemy of the Taliban. However US intelligence officers consider the motion used the instability that led to the collapse of Afghanistan’s Western-backed authorities this month to strengthen its place and step up recruitment of disenfranchised Taliban members.