After twenty years of conflict in which the U.S. spent trillions of dollars, it is getting ready to withdraw from Afghanistan. It's a foregone conclusion that the Taliban will move in and occupy Kabul, as they did before. Afghanistan will descend into another civil war.

But the Americans have indicated that they will maintain a presence in the region. How they will do this is not clear, but there are rumors that Pakistan is one of the countries where they will try to control Afghanistan from outside. The puppet government of Imran Khan has immediately denied that Pakistan will ever allow U.S. bases on its soil, but unfortunately no one trusts this government. One hopes it will not repeat the mistakes of Zia and Musharraf who bent over backwards and dragged the country into an unnecessary war. 

The Taliban themselves have warned neighboring countries not to assist the U.S. “As we have repeatedly assured others that our soil will not be used against security of others, we are similarly urging others not to use their soil and airspace against our country”. But as in the past, can the Taliban be trusted? They have not stopped their attacks in Afghanistan even after the peace talks in Doha. The non-representative government of Ashraf Ghani, an Indian puppet, will not be able to hold out for more than a few months before being overthrown by the rebels. One feels sorry for Afghan women, who will again be treated like chattels, losing the twenty years of freedom they enjoyed during occupation of the country by foreign forces. I doubt if the Taliban have changed at all, they will continue to believe that allowing girls and women to work and study is a grave sin in Islam.