On 29 February, the USA signed a deal with the Taliban to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan within 14 months.
The US has been at war in Afghanistan with the Taliban, an Islamist movement based in the lawless north-west of Pakistan, for over 18 years.
In December 2019, the Afghan women’s right activist and secularist Malalai Joya, on a visit to Italy, declared that in 18 years of what she called “NATO occupation… things have just gotten worse” in Afghanistan.
The longer the troops have stayed, the worse the prospects when they withdraw have become. *Solidarity* has long supported withdrawal.