Eighteen years ago, the world plunged into a terrorist shock; in 2001, a terrorist network in an unpredictable move attacked on American twin commercial towers using planes.
The 9/11 attack was astonishing and astounding in terms of casualties and geographies, and proved that even the largest and most advanced intelligence agencies would be defeated.
During the 9/11 attacks, 2977 people were killed and two towers burned completely.
The US and its international supporters took all options to avenge the perpetrators, even attacking Afghanistan, which no one thought it changes to America’s longest war.
Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, and on the other hand, armed Taliban deployed the group in Afghanistan, so Afghanistan became al-Qaeda’s safe haven, and “Osama bin Laden” was sheltered next to Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Kandahar, organizing his terrorist activities.
Although no serious action was taken against terrorist groups before, the 9/11 attacks shifted the attention of the US and its supporters and took terrorist activities seriously.
Therefore, Afghanistan has been the focus of attention of the international community in the counter-terrorism, and the US military and its supporters came to Afghanistan after the Taliban rejected the US request to withdraw support from al-Qaeda.
The first steps in the fight against terrorism began with a strong will, and the United States came to Afghanistan with the slogan of annihilating the Taliban, thus gaining international support, and soon enough, the Taliban regime fell as a supporter of terrorism. Terrorist training centers in Afghanistan were dismantled and al-Qaeda leaders fled to neighboring countries.
After then, transitional government and Islamic Republic of Afghanistan headed by Hamid Karzai have taken place in the country, and the United States and its supporters have remained as the supporters and aids of the government.
But in the years that followed, the struggles did not remain the same as in the first years, and the political moves, profits, and disharmony led to the stagnation and decline of the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.
Negligence, corruption and misadministration in government foundations triggered the resurgence of Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan, and these groups gradually became more powerful and the Taliban gained more control.
Combating terrorism in Afghanistan with all the evidence that the Taliban are backed and led by Pakistan, it went against the will of the Afghan people, and the US and its supporters were less concerned with terrorism-producing factories in the neighboring country.
Ignoring the will of the people caused some NATO members` prostration, and especially the United States, to confront the terrorist networks in Afghanistan, which in turn have increased the Taliban’s power and progress.
The Pakistani-backed Taliban began operating in Afghanistan’s villages and mountainous areas, and the lack of attention from the US and its supporters, perhaps a form of policy, made the group grow stronger and more influential.
At the same time, failure to take action against the main sources of production and financing of terror and terrorism made the fight against this group more difficult and created a kind of “backyard” for the terrorists.
But now, after 18 years, in a political failure and a historic mistake, the US has given Taliban a kind of legitimacy, to whom the US was seeking to destroy it on the pretext of 9/11.
Nine months ago, the United States began negotiations with the Taliban outside the eyes of the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar, and somehow legitimized the armed Taliban.
This legitimacy provided the propaganda and political maneuvers for Taliban, and the group demanded more concessions every day until the US president canceled the negotiations.
Although it is unclear what the new US game will be like for Afghanistan, but if Washington, like the first days, had declared the Taliban a supporter of terrorist groups and had fought against the group, today we would not face such killing and suffering in Afghanistan.
Now, 18 years after the 9/11 and subsequent events, Afghanistan is witnessing more insecurity than ever before, and in recent days a number of districts in Takhar and Farah have come under the control of the Taliban, and the group is more active than ever.
The recent events in the United States have only overshadowed the national trend, with only a few days left until the presidential election, and have engulfed public opinion.