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As an Afghan American woman who experienced the fateful events of September 11th, 2001 firsthand while living in New York City, my heart has been full of anguish watching America’s longest war come to an end.
No one thought the United States would remain forever in Afghanistan but certainly no one imagined the tragic chaos that has ensued since Taliban forces rolled into Kabul and hoisted their Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan flag above the Presidential Palace.
The newly established Taliban government features FBI-wanted criminal figures and senior Taliban leadership who are notorious for their deadly attacks against the U.S. and coalition forces. There are no women or moderate nominees among them. The ghost of Usama bin Laden is laughing from his watery grave.
There have already been public beatings, harsh retaliation against protests and executions. One can only imagine what is going to happen to all the courageous Afghan men and women who worked with America and numerous countries over the past 20 years to bring progress to their country. The ones that cannot leave and have been left behind are fearing for their lives.