The Heat: 2 years after U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

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After 20 years of war and occupation, it was a chaotic departure from Afghanistan for the United States.

152,000 Afghans who worked alongside U.S. forces remain trapped in the country. About 100,000 more – refugees in the United States – their status caught in a web of internal politics. Promises made but not kept – at least for now.

Meanwhile, the Taliban marked the second anniversary of their return to power, celebrating the creation of a sectarian Islamic state.

Zmaryalai Abasin filed this report from Kabul.

To discuss:

  • Brian Becker is the Executive Director of the ANSWER coalition.
  • Ahmad Shah Mohibi is the Founder and Director of Rise to Peace
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini heads the International Civil Society Action Network
  • Omar Sadr previously worked at the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies and served as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Afghanistan. He’s currently a Senior Research Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Governance and Markets.

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