Today in History (November, 13th)

On November 13, 2001, exactly 16 years ago today, Afghanistan’s Taliban Government abandoned the capital city of Kabul allowing US-backed Northern Alliance fighters to take over.

According to Wikipedia,

At its peak, the Taliban established control over approximately 90% of the country, whereas parts of the northeast were held by the Northern Alliance, which became the widely recognised government of Afghanistan.

The Taliban provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda officials, allowing them to plot major terrorist attacks such as the September 11 attacks. After 9/11, international opposition to the regime increased, with diplomatic recognition from the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan being rescinded.

The emirate ended on December 17, 2001, after being ousted by the Northern Alliance, which had been bolstered by a US-led invasion.