The Taliban, an ultraconservative political and religious group, has taken control of Afghanistan and established a government with strict laws and harsh punishments for people who disobey them. The takeover means the freedom of Afghanis, especially women, will be sharply restricted. U.S. troops had been fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for the past 20 years, but recently left, prompting a Taliban takeover. Listen to learn why U.S. troops first went to Afghanistan and what the future of Afghanistan might look like under Taliban rule.
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