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Taliban Seizes Control of Afghanistan

Twenty years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and removed the Taliban from power, the Islamist regime has regained control of the war-torn country. In August, the last American forces left Afghanistan causing a power vacuum which allowed the Taliban to consolidate power, retake the country, and form a government. In the fall of 2001, the U.S. and its allies sent troops to Afghanistan to remove the Taliban from power for providing a haven to al-Qaeda an international terrorist organization which was responsible for the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Why did America send troops to Afghanistan in 2001?

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Taliban takeover of Afghanistan is 20 years after US invasion – explainer

The Jerusalem Post

August 17, 2021

Taliban form all-male Afghan government of old guard members


September 7, 2021

Former acting CIA director: Taliban’s win in Afghanistan, US exit ‘absolutely inspired jihadists’

The Hill

September 12, 2021

Top US commanders in Afghanistan wrestle with mistakes and regrets as America’s longest war ends


September 12, 2021

LINKS (Analysis):

Afghanistan: Taliban announce new rules for female students


September 12, 2021

Life Under the Taliban

Foreign Policy

September 11, 2021

Taliban raise flag over presidential palace on 9/11 anniversary as brother of resistance leader slain

The Guardian

September 11, 2021

The Whole Generations Of Human Rights Defenders May Perish In Afghanistan


September 12, 2021


Writing: Why did the U.S. fail to prevent a Taliban takeover?  

Debate: Should the U.S. and coalition forces send troops back to Afghanistan?  

Poll: Should U.S. and coalition forces have left Afghanistan last month?  

Short Answer: What are the consequences if the Taliban allows al-Qaeda to use the country as a safe-haven?


Human rights in Afghanistan will most likely dissipate under Taliban rule . (T/F)

The U.S. remains optimistic that the Taliban will reject extremists from operating within Afghanistan.  (T/F)

The Taliban has used diplomacy to quell opponents of the new government. (T/F)

Which of the following was responsible for the September 11th attacks.

a. Taliban.

b. al-Qaeda.

c. ISIS.

d. Muslim Brotherhood.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as a result of?

a. The lack of religious freedoms.

b. The September 11th attacks.

c. The desire to spread democracy.

d. Gain access to new markets.

Which of the following is false concerning newly imposed edicts by the Taliban on women?

a. Banning of sports.

b. A conservative dress code.

c. The inability to work.

d. Segregation in higher education.  

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