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Taliban Establish Control Over Afghanistan Amid Government Collapse and U.S. Withdrawal [August 16, 2021]   [open pdf - 715KB]

From the Document: "On August 15, 2021, Taliban fighters entered Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, effectively reestablishing the group's rule over the country after a nearly two-decade-long insurgency against U.S. and international forces and the former Afghan government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and many other senior Afghan leaders have fled the country, though as of August 16 Ghani has not resigned. The collapse of the Afghan government comes as the U.S. military withdrawal, started under President Donald Trump, was nearing completion at the direction of President Joseph Biden. The Taliban's victory in Afghanistan, the speed of which has shocked many Afghans and other observers, has political, security, and humanitarian implications. The evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan partners is seen as of particular urgency."

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CRS Insight, IN11725
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2021-08-16
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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