August 15, 2022, marks one year since the Taliban retook the Afghan capital of Kabul following the Biden administration's catastrophic withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. In that time, Afghanistan has become "a nation in anguish," Axios reported.
The Taliban has banned women from attending school, cracked down on the media, and committed mass executions of civilians. Since the terror group took control, the country's economy has plummeted more than 60 percent, a World Bank report found. The economy and a drought have resulted in about 20 million Afghans going hungry, a U.N. study found.
President Joe Biden's poll numbers began to plunge after he botched the U.S. withdrawal, resulting in the deaths of 13 American service members. Biden's administration was unprepared for the Taliban's rapid conquest of Afghanistan following the withdrawal, the Washington Free Beacon reported, even as the president told the American people that the evacuation went off "as designed."
While the Taliban swore it would not harbor other terrorists, a U.S. drone strike this month killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul. The Taliban government condemned the strike.
Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley told the Free Beacon this month that "Afghanistan is once again a safe haven where terrorists operate freely," blasting Biden's withdrawal as "a slap in the face" to combat veterans.