Oybek Jamoldinivich Jabbarov is a 31-year-old Uzbek detainee at the Guantánamo Bay detention center. Oybek was assisted in writing this article by Michael E. Mone, of the Boston law firm Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile.
Ashley Jackson is the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute. She is the author of the forthcoming book Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan.
One year after the fall of Kabul and the Taliban’s return to power, Afghanistan is in dire straits, and America and the broader West have yet to conduct a proper post-mortem of the policy failures there. Worse, Russia appears to have taken the US withdrawal as an invitation to launch a new war of its own.
revisits the fall of Kabul to consider its implications for America and the world, one year later.