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A year after Taliban takeover, US exit from Afghanistan

Rahmatullah Baghban

Press TV, Kabul

Mid-August marks one year since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The political change opened a new chapter in the war-torn country, affecting the lives of millions. Press TV's Rahmatullah Baghban has a report from Kabul.

On August 15 last year, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, and the western-backed government collapsed. On its anniversary, the Afghan people have not forgotten what they went through during this period.

Economic collapse - triggered by the US seizure of nearly 9 billion dollars in Afghan assets and cuts in global aid - has been one of their main struggles.

Afghans lived through a harsh winter with little food. Based on a poll by Gallup institute, nearly all afghans rated their lives as poorly enough to be considered suffering. Meanwhile, some neighboring countries and international bodies rushed aid to the country.

The security situation in the meantime has been far better than in the past two decades. That's to say, people experienced less violence and conflict this year. However, the occasional attacks by the Daesh terrorist group continue to haunt the community, mostly targeting Shia population.

The Taliban, on the other hand, has so far failed to gain international recognition. Afghans and the global community have criticized the ruling structure for not forming an all-inclusive government.

All things considered, international bodies and rights groups continued to engage with the de facto Taliban to advocate for the rights of Afghans and address their needs. They also have been calling on the Taliban to open girls' schools without delay.

One year into the Taliban government, Afghans are calling on the international community to help the country's economy and force the US to release its frozen assets. At the same time, they say the new government should engage more in diplomacy with other countries to improve the situation in Afghanistan.


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