Both the British Empire and Soviet Union were ultimately unable to create a lasting presence in Afghanistan because they weren’t just fighting against the people who lived there — they were fighting against the competing imperial interests in the strategically located region.
And now, what America has faced since the days of Bush who invaded that country twenty years ago, the decision to withdraw the 2,500 troops is now the main aim of the Biden government. He said that he would not let his successor complete this process of withdrawal. Starting from May, it will conclude in September this year. He acts according to the decision taken during the Trump administration.
It cannot be wholly neglected that the process of withdrawal has been criticised as the number decision by a U.S. senator while another said leaving Afghanistan at the will of the Taliban is not dependable. Despite those objections, Barack Obama favours the return of the American army from that hilly place.
The objectives and conditions have definitely changed in Afghanistan, but the war continued until terminating the war itself became the purpose. It becomes apparent now that the U.S. cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding its military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for withdrawal, expecting a different result. What it will continue is its humanitarian works in the supposedly landlocked country.
Bush invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and the conflict continued under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. More than 2,000 U.S. troops and more than 1,00,000 civilians have died or been injured in Afghanistan since then.