September 24, 2021

New Report From Congressional Research Service (CRS): “US. Military Withdrawal and Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Frequently Asked Questions”

The report linked below was released yesterday by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). It will be updated.

Title: U.S. Military Withdrawal and Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan: Frequently Asked Questions
R46879
Last Update: August 20, 2021

From the Report:

On August 15, 2021, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul, completing a rapid  takeover over the country that surprised many Afghans and Americans alike. The Taliban’s  advance came as the United States was completing the military withdrawal to which it agreed in the February 2020 U.S.Taliban accord. The fall of the elected Afghan government, supported by  billions of dollars in U.S. assistance over the course of nearly two decades, raises significant questions about past, present, and future U.S. policy for Members of Congress. This report  provides material related to select questions associated with U.S. policy in Afghanistan, including:

  • Background information useful for understanding the current situation in Afghanistan;
  • The Taliban takeover and Afghan government’s collapse;
  • U.S. policy implications of the Taliban takeover;
  • Social and economic implications of the Taliban takeover;
  • Regional reactions to the Taliban’s takeover;
  • U.S. military operations; and
  • Budgetary implications of the U.S. withdrawal.

    Some additional lines of inquiry that Congress may wish to explore with the Executive Branch are included alongside  specific topics as appropriate. The report concludes with some strategic considerations Congress may wish to contemplate as  it assesses the situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the future.


    With a general U.S. target date for the completion of the military withdrawal and evacuation operation set at August 31, 2021, the situation on the ground remains extremely fluid. This report will be updated to reflect major changes in U.S. policy or developments in Afghanistan that may significantly affect U.S. decisions.

Direct to Full Text Report
58 pages; PDF.

Additional CRS Reports

The Collapse of the Afghan National Defense  and Security Forces: Implications for U.S. Security Assistance and Cooperation

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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