The rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban exploded the proliferation of weapons captured from the former ANA (Afghan National Army), ANP (Afghan National Police), NDS (National Directorate of Security), and other former government armed formations.
The US and its western allies exit from Afghanistan and the subsequent collapse of the Afghan Government have drawn consternation and concern from many corners of the globe, and joy from almost as many. Great attention was given to the rapid nature of the Taliban military prowess, paved by a remarkably effective diplomatic and social outreach structure. It is unclear whether concerns as to the "return" of al Qaeda (The group never left, and is intertwined closely with the Taliban) will be fulfilled, although external operations are unlikely in the short term.
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