The latest on the Taliban. Officially the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, it is a military organization and movement in the middle of a civil war in Afghanistan. Founded in 1994, it has at times controlled Afghanistan, once from 1996 to 2001 and then again in 2021. The United States entered Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 World Trade Center attack, eventually assisting in the restoring of democratic rule to the country. In 2021, as President Joe Biden announced a withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, the Taliban began to restore rule, ultimately leading to toppling of the sitting government. 

Don't Punish Afghans Twice Over

The real choice is not whether or not the U.S. should aid the Taliban government. Nor is it about "leverage" on the decisions of the new authorities, of which there is little. The issue is whether or not to do what is in our power to help the Afghan people, or abandon them as their needs grow.