CRS Report on Afghanistan – Background and Policy

CRS report on Afghanistan

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has updated its Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy in Brief publication. This PDF is published periodically and provides a brief history of the two-decade long U.S. involvement in the Afghan conflict and then examines the past events since the fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15, 2021.


  • Introduction
  • Background: Taliban Takeover
  • Taliban Government
  • Current and Potential Opposition
  • U.S. Policy
  • U.S. Counterterrorism and Afghanistan
  • Human Rights: Women, Ethnic Groups, and Religious Minorities
  • Relocations of U.S. Citizens and Certain Afghans
  • Economic Collapse
  • Regional Dynamics: Pakistan and Other Neighbors
  • Congressional Action and Outlook

Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy in Brief
Congressional Research Service (CRS), R45122, PDF