The Afghanistan disaster

Peter Bergen at CNN sums up what has happened in Afghanistan since Biden withdrew:

  • Women have no right to work, except in a select few jobs such as cleaning women’s toilets
  • Women need a male relative to be with them if they travel more than 45 miles
  • Girls can only stay in school until age 12
  • Half the Afghan population now face acute hunger
  • 40% of media outlets have closed
  • The leader of al Qaeda was living in Kabul
  • The Interior Minister is a member of the wider Al-Qaida leadership who was on FBI most wanted list for kidnapping a NYT reporter

Bergen concludes that the Taliban 2.0 is identical to Taliban 1.0, except now they are better armed thanks to the weapons the US left behind.

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