Afghanistan: America pulls out the dagger

Hameed Hakimi assesses the damage the US withdrawal will wreak in Afghanistan

The World Today Published 4 June 2021 Updated 7 June 2021 2 minute READ

At a conference in Kabul more than a decade ago, an Afghan elder said something that at the time seemed dramatic, but which has made more sense over the years. From southern Afghanistan, known as the Taliban heartland, his family had suffered a lot of losses at the hands of both the Taliban and the American military. 

‘The US military invasion of our country [in 2001] was like getting stabbed,’ he said. ‘You bleed upon impact, but how the knife is pulled out determines the seriousness of your wound and chances of survival.’

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