a return to square one? ask your questions

  • While the fall of Kabul was deemed likely within a month, the Taliban finally took only ten short days to take control most of the country and its capital.
  • Sunday August 15, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country, leaving the insurgents free to take back the reins of a power from which they had been driven out in 2001.
  • On the spot, the situation is still chaotic. Employees of foreign embassies are hastily evacuated and thousands of Afghans seek to flee the capital and the country.
  • The others wait in anguish to know what turn the new Taliban regime will take. The latter claim to want to make a transition “Peaceful” and wish to proclaim soon a new “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”.
  • How to explain that their return was done so quickly, barely four months after the announcement of the American withdrawal by Joe Biden, on April 14? Does this mean that the twenty years of the Western operation led by the United States will ultimately have been for nothing? Has the Taliban movement fundamentally changed since then? Karim Pakzad, researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) and specialist in the region, answers your questions from 10:30 a.m.

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