Afghan militia forces stand guard at an outpost as they patrol against the Taliban fighters in the Tange Farkhar area of Taloqan in northern Takhar province on July 6, 2021. (Photo by NASEER SADEQ/AFP via Getty Images)
Taliban Advances as US Exits. Taliban forces have surged as Joe Biden pulled the last of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. All troops were set to be fully withdrawn by September 11 as the U.S. Central Command announced on Tuesday the drawdown was 90 percent complete.
Experts warned of a foreign policy disaster as the Taliban continues to push Afghan government forces out of multiple territories and gain control of weapons. 1,000 Afghan military members fled the country to Tajikistan, but efforts have been made for them to rejoin the fight against the Taliban.
Islamic extremism is driven by a totalitarian interpretation of Islam that believes in a global Islamic state.
Get the basics from Clarion Project analyst Ryan Mauro.
What is Islamic Extremism?
Islamic extremism is driven by an interpretation of Islam that believes that Islamic law, or sharia, is an all-encompassing religious-political system. Since it is believed to be proscribed by Allah (Arabic for “God”) sharia must be enforced in the public sphere by a global Islamic state. As such, Islamic extremists consider it to be the only truly legitimate form of governance and reject democracy and human rights values.