US President Joe Biden to rescind Afghanistan’s designation as major non-NATO ally

Image Source : AP. President Joe Biden speaks at Max S. Hayes Hight School, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Cleveland. The speech showcased a final rule tied to his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package from last year.

Highlights

  • Biden notified Congress of his intent to rescind designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally
  • The United States designated Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally in July 2012
  • Last year, the Taliban launched an offensive against democratically elected Afghan government

United States news: US President Joe Biden on Wednesday (July 6) notified Congress of his intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally.

“In accordance with section 517 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2321k), I am providing notice of my intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a Major Non-NATO Ally,” Biden said in the letter.

The United States designated Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally in July 2012.

Last year, the Taliban launched an offensive against democratically elected Afghan government, after the Biden administration announced the end its military presence in Afghanistan.

On August 15, 2021, the Taliban swept into Kabul without encountering any resistance and gained full control over the Afghan capital. Later in September, the Taliban declared a complete victory in Afghanistan and formed an interim government, which hasn’t yet been officially recognized by any country.

Since its ascent to power in Kabul, the Islamic group imposed policies severely restricting basic rights- particularly those of women and girls. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Taliban dismissed all women from leadership posts in the civil service and prohibited girls in most provinces from attending secondary school.

Taliban decrees prohibit women from traveling unless accompanied by a male relative and require women’s faces be covered in public- including women TV newscasters. The Taliban have carried out broad censorship, limiting critical reporting, and have detained and beaten journalists. Taliban forces have carried out revenge killings and enforced disappearances of former government officials and security force personnel.

They have summarily executed people deemed affiliated with the Islamic State. Armed groups linked to the Afghan branch of the Islamic State have carried out bombings targeting ethnic Hazaras, Afghan Shias, Sufis, and others, killing and injuring hundreds.

The Afghan economy collapsed after August 2021, as millions of people lost salaries when the US, World Bank, and other donors stripped the Central Bank of Afghanistan of its foreign assets and access to financial assistance. Over 90 per cent of the Afghan population faces serious food insecurity, along with a lack of medicine and a rise in malnutrition-related disease.

(With ANI inputs)

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