By: Javin Martinez
The end of the 20-year war, also known as the Forever War, has neared its end. Military officials are saying this is only the beginning as the Taliban finally take over Afghanistan from America and its Coalition forces. As the Taliban are monitored, frightening reports flood the news, such as the Taliban freeing Al-Qaeda and ISIS prisoners. Rep. Dan Crenshaw has also expressed concern for the 9/11 anniversary saying, “The United States is in a worse position than we were on September 11, 2001.”
There are reports of the Taliban freeing ISIS and Al-Qaeda prisoners. On the outskirts of Kabul- Afghanistan's capital- Al-Qaeda prisoners were freed from Pul-e-Charkhi prison. North of Kabul is Bagram air base which contains Parwan Detention Facility. It was there that the Taliban freed ISIS members, including some Al-Qaeda members. Both prisons were two of the biggest in the country. The freeing of terrorist group members has raised concern over the anniversary of 9/11.
After the evacuation of 116,000 civilians from Afghanistan there was suspicion that some terrorist members might be hiding among them. States such as Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico and Virginia have been tasked with housing the Afghan refugees; they'll be housed in military installations which can collectively hold up to 32,000 people, but have been ordered to house 50,000. As of right now, reportedly 61,000 Afghan refugees are in European countries, those who choose to immigrate to the US will undergo security screenings. These concerns are hopefully recognized by our leaders who will hopefully tighten security during the immigration of Afghan refugees and of course during the rest of the month.
Even after this 20 year war, America continues to feel the effects and the new problems heading our way. The world is sure to be watching everyone’s next move over the new regime in Afghanistan.