The Taliban first took control of Afghanistan in 1996. The Taliban oppressed the Afghan people. Women could not work outside the home. They could not show their faces in public. Girls weren’t allowed to go to school.
The U.S., along with other countries, invaded Afghanistan after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. The planners of the attacks were hiding there. But the Taliban refused to turn them over to the U.S.
The U.S. helped force the Taliban from power. They helped set up a new government. But fighting continued as the Taliban tried to regain control.
In April 2021, the U.S. said that it would remove all its troops from Afghanistan. Taliban fighters quickly took control of many cities. On August 15, they took over Kabul, the capital.