This comes after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and after spending $2 trillion in a war effort against the Taliban over 20 years. The war began on October 7th, 2001, when President George W. Bush launched the first campaign via a Congressional resolution.
How did the takeover occur so quickly? Beginning in 2018, Trump administration officials met secretly with the Taliban, and negotiated an agreement, reports World Magazine. After signing the agreement, the Taliban promptly violated the terms and went on with its war.
Based on maps produced by the Associated Press, the Taliban had regained control of about 10% of the nation’s territory by April of 2021, and about 60% by July.
Muhammed Arif Mustafa, a Taliban commander, talked to CNN reporters. Note that when he references “Mujahideen,” he is using an Arabic term that broadly refers to Islamic guerrillas who engage in jihad or war on behalf of the false god Allah.
MUSTAFA: “It’s our belief that one day Mujahideen will have victory, and Islamic law will come, not to just Afghanistan, but all over the world. We are not in a hurry. We believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day.”