Ibrahim Moiz

Ibrahim Moiz

The writer is a student of politics and history at the University of Toronto. He is studying contemporary conflict with a particular focus on Afghanistan and Syria. He tweets @SyedIbrahim1137 (twitter.com/SyedIbrahim1137).

What does the future hold for Afghanistan after the Doha deal?

The Leap Day treaty signed at Doha between the United States and the Taliban, which stipulates a 14-month American withdrawal in return for Taliban guarantees of inhibiting international militancy, officially begins the end of the United States’ longest and perhaps least understood war. Provided that the deal holds, the Americans will leave in 2021, bringing their sojourn in Afghanistan to a full 20 years. In turn, the withdrawal of foreign forces, a major theme in Taliban recruitment, should seem to preclude further militarisation from the insurgents’ side. But there remain risks involved in Afghanistan, not least because the coalition installed ...

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