Inside Story

Who will keep Afghanistan safe as foreign troops leave?

Taliban increases attacks as US and NATO begin to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan.

US and NATO soldiers have started leaving Afghanistan over the past week.

President Joe Biden promised all troops will be gone by September 11, 20 years after the 9/11 attacks that triggered the fight against the Taliban.

But as they go, the Taliban is not letting up. And Afghans who have helped foreign soldiers over the years are scared of reprisals from the Taliban.

Can Afghanistan handle security challenges alone and keep the country safe?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Colin Clarke – Senior research fellow at The Soufan Center

Victoria Fontan – Professor of peace studies at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul

Sultan Barakat – Director at the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies