By Arushi Singh

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal India

Image by Amber Clay from Pixabay

The impending US withdrawal from Afghanistan brings to the fore once again the reasons and rationalizations provided for invasion more than two decades ago. In Wars of Choice, both in Afghanistan and Iraq, one of the most strident rationalizations provided for the invasions was the forthcoming protection and upliftment of women in both countries after the US interventions. However, more than two decades after the US intercessions, women in both countries have been subjected to brutal and systemic suppression which has been sanctioned by the US including through an agreement with the Taliban or through the long-lasting and direct results of the US invasion as well as subsequent actions in Iraq which have resulted in rampant corruption and powerful militias rather than in equal participation of women in politics and places of power.

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