Will Afghanistan become a haven for terror groups like al-Qaida again? | DW News

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Two decades have passed since four civilian air planes were hijacked and turned into weapons on September 11, 2001. These pictures, the collapsing Twin Towers, the fear, the screams, the people, the dust – all of that unfolded in real time on television, and many people remember where they were when it happened.

Very soon attention turned to one country, Afghanistan. Why? Because of al Qaeda. The terrorist network had established its main base in Afghanistan and was identified as the perpetrator of 9/11.

So to hunt down al-Qaida, the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan, which back then was ruled by the Taliban.

Now, 20 years later, the international forces have withdrawn – defeated. And the Taliban are back in power. And this, of course, poses one burning question: Will Afghanistan once again become a safe haven for terrorist groups like al-Qaida?

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