US intelligence report warns Afghan women's rights at risk after troop withdrawal

By Jennifer Hansler10 days ago

Washington (CNN)Progress on women's rights in Afghanistan could be at risk with the withdrawal of US and international troops, even if the Taliban doesn't fully take power, according to a newly declassified US intelligence report.

The National Intelligence Council assessed that the progress made over the last two decades probably owes more to external pressure than domestic support, suggesting it would be at risk after coalition withdrawal, even without Taliban efforts to reverse it.

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Although the Taliban's fall officially ended some policies (restricting the rights of women), many continue in practice even in government-controlled areas, it stated.

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