As the Taliban prepares its government for Afghanistan after seizing control once again, politicians who served under American protection accuse President Joe Biden of abandoning them. Taliban leaders are expected to announce their new government on Friday, two weeks since Kabul fell to the extremist militant group after 20 years of fighting the U.S. and its international and Afghan allies. Former prominent politicians say the U.S. and its allies have left the Afghan people at the mercy of the Taliban and an economic crisis. “We feel like it is 1996,” said Azra Jafari , an activist and politician who in 2008 became Afghanistan’s first-ever mayor when she was elected to represent the town of Nili in Daykundi Province. Jafari, a prominent woman leader and a member of the Hazara ethnic group , which in the past has been subject to Taliban oppression and massacres, left Afghanistan in 2014 and now lives in Maryland. She told Newsweek the Afghan people fear a return to the authoritarianism of the Taliban-controlled Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan of the late 1990s: “The majority of people think that yes, they have abandoned us, the U.S. and the international [allies].” Agence-France Presse reported that the government would… Read full this story
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