The U.S. ended the war in Afghanistan last week, leaving the Taliban in control of the country, though it’s too soon to tell if the terrorist organization will be able to field a functioning government.
- Various Biden administration officials and Pentagon top brass have said the military will work to combat the growth of terrorism in Afghanistan through “over the horizon” capabilities. However, the military will be at a disadvantage due to a lack of troops on the ground to help with intelligence.
- The Taliban gained nearly complete control of Afghanistan in less than two weeks via a military campaign in which they swiftly defeated the Afghan forces that enjoyed the support, training, and equipment of the U.S. military.
- Milley acknowledged that the Afghan forces may not have been “designed appropriately.”