After nearly a decade of elusive hiding, the US forces finally hunted the monster behind the infamous 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, down and killed him in his small compound. Another ten years passed, and the US government officially announced its plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan gradually.

The US and the Taliban government have been trying to enter a peace deal for years following bin Laden’s death but kept dancing around firefights. But this was finally light in 2020 when a US official and the Taliban’s Baradar sealed the deal. A year after that, President Joe Biden entirely recalled American troops back into the country—and just like that, the twenty-year war in Afghanistan ended.

However, as this two-decade war ends, a brewing conflict between other US adversaries could open a new door of warfare that can potentially exploit former Afghan security personnel who carries “sensitive knowledge.”

Or, at least, this has been something Republican lawmakers stressed on Sunday during the first anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

Failure To Evacuate Valuable Assets

According to Reuters, the current administration “failed to prioritize evacuating US-trained Afgan commandos and other elite units in the shambolic August 14-30, 2021” evacuation operation. Concerns were raised when news spread of former military personnel fleeing to Iran.