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What the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan means for the rest of the world

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The Taliban have now taken control of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city. The US have announced that they intend to deploy 3,000 troops within the next 38 hours to facilitate the evacuation of American citizens and diplomats, while the UK will deploy 600 soldiers to do the same for British personnel. Both countries will maintain a small diplomatic presence in the country: for now.

[See also: Our indifference to the fate of Afghanistan’s people may become a source of national shame]

The Taliban’s swift advance over the country has seen the military group capture huge amounts of material and equipment, which, inevitably, means that people are now asking what the consequences for the world outside of Afghanistan will be when the country falls entirely under the Taliban’s control again.

One consequence of the Taliban’s victory will be a more dangerous world and a greater threat from jihadist terror here in the United Kingdom….

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