The Taliban “would roll back much” of the progress made in Afghan ladies’s rights if the Islamist extremists regain nationwide energy, in response to an evaluation launched on Tuesday by prime U.S. intelligence analysts.

The U.S. National Intelligence Council report doubtless will reinforce fears that the Taliban will resume the tough remedy that ladies and ladies suffered beneath their 1996-2001 rule ought to the insurgents prevail in a full-blown civil struggle.

“The Taliban remains broadly consistent in its restrictive approach to women’s rights and would roll back much of the past two decades of progress if the group regains national power,” mentioned the U.S. intelligence neighborhood’s prime analytical physique.

At the identical time, the council’s “Sense of the Community Memorandum” mentioned ladies’s rights doubtless can be threatened after the U.S.-led army coalition withdraws, a discovering reflecting the conservative nature of Afghanistan’s male-dominated society.

“Progress (in women’s rights) probably owes more to external pressure than domestic support, suggesting it would be at risk after coalition withdrawal, even without Taliban efforts to reverse it,” the evaluation mentioned.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s resolution final month to withdraw the final 2,500 U.S. troops – triggering a pullout of different overseas forces – is fueling fears Afghanistan might plunge into an all-out civil struggle that might return the Taliban to energy.

Those considerations have been stoked by a impasse in U.S.-backed peace talks, whereas the Taliban have intensified assaults on authorities forces after a missed May 1 deadline for the U.S. troop departure.

Before being ousted by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, the Taliban imposed a harsh model of Islamic rule that included barring ladies from faculty and ladies from working exterior their houses and prohibiting them from being in public with no male family member.

Women who violated these guidelines usually suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban’s spiritual police.

The new report, nonetheless, famous that a lot of these practices have continued in government-controlled areas and “years of war have left millions of women maimed, widowed, impoverished and displaced.”

Gains made in ladies’s proper have been touted as a significant accomplishment in the course of the 20 years that U.S.-led forces have been deployed, though largely in city facilities.

The Biden administration has pledged to proceed civilian help after U.S. troops depart, together with to ladies’s packages. But it has warned that Afghanistan would endure isolation and sanctions if it backslides on human rights.

A February 2020, U.S.-Taliban accord struck by the Trump administration specified a May 1 deadline for completion of a U.S. troop withdrawal from America’s longest struggle.

Biden, nonetheless, determined to finish the withdrawal earlier than the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda assaults on the United States that triggered the U.S.-led invasion.


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