The Taliban’s Current Challenges and Attempts to Redress Its Image

The August 31st deadline for handing over Kabul Airport – Hamid Karzai International Airport – seems unlikely to be met as chaos not only persists but perpetuates by the hour. The military operations to evacuate foreign personnel were relatively straight forward after the deployment of 7,200 US troops. Civilians continue to suffer for two primary reasons 1) a shortage of embassy staff to process documents, and in some cases, they have left the country, 2) Afghans who worked for foreign countries fear persecution and are desperate to leave the country. However, many of them do not have passports as they never expected to face such a predicament.