Kabul Afghanistan Taliban Crisis September 1 Highlights: After the last US troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban celebrated their victory by firing guns into the air. Now, the Taliban control more territory than when they last ruled before they were driven out in America’s longest war which took the lives of nearly 2,500 US troops and an estimated 240,000 Afghans and cost some $2 trillion, according to a Reuters report.
While President Joe Biden faced criticism for US troops’ tumultuous exit, he said it was the best available option to end both the US’ longest war and decades of fruitless efforts to remake other countries through military force. He also said the US is committed to safe passage for the last 100-200 Americans left in Afghanistan.
Not only Americans but there are also thousands of people from other countries who are still waiting for evacuation. With the ending of the evacuation deadline and Afghanistan under full control of the Taliban, their future remains uncertain. As the last US troop leave Afghanistan, the United Nations will have to decide how to deal with a looming humanitarian disaster in the war-torn country.
India on Tuesday made its first official contact with the Taliban hours after the last US military aircraft flew out of Kabul to mark the end of its 20-year war in Afghanistan. Indian ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Taliban political office, in Doha Tuesday. “The meeting took place at the Embassy of India, Doha, on the request of the Taliban side,” the Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, said. “Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner. The Taliban representative assured the Ambassador that these issues would be positively addressed,” the MEA said.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council, under India’s Presidency, adopted a strong resolution demanding that territory of Afghanistan not be used to threaten any country or shelter terrorists. The UNSC expects the Taliban to adhere to commitments made by it regarding the safe and orderly departure of Afghans and all foreign nationals from the country.
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