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Shia Crescent and the Rise of Taliban

On September 20, 2001, as he fired the ‘War on Terror’ salvo, President George W Bush, in his address to the US Congress, said: “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

Twenty years on, not only has the so-called war on terror wreaked havoc in the Middle-East, but has also led to an uncertain security situation in South Asia and its neighbourhood, as the US has all but completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As we see it today, the ‘War on Terror’ has given Iran, America’s arch enemy in the Middle-East, an extensive leverage in the region, especially across what has come to be known as the ‘Shia Crescent’. This is something that the Ayatollahs couldn’t even have dreamt of with Saddam Hussein in power.

In Afghanistan, the US ended up getting into protracted negotiations and a ‘settlement’ with the enemy that it bombed out of power in 2001. As President Joe Biden announced, the exit of the US-led coalition forces would conclude by August 31 rather than the September 11 deadline that was earlier set after the deal.