After they were supposedly crushed by US-led forces in 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a stronger Taliban re-emerged and took back Afghanistan in just 10 days, vowing to restore an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan.
What does the fall of Afghanistan mean to Nigeria’s Islamists?
After two decades of war and thousands of lives lost in US-led efforts to enthrone democracy in Afghanistan, the Taliban is back in power. Behind the horrific scenes of thousands trying to flee Taliban rule, there are growing questions - and concerns - on what the return of the rebels could mean for Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) extremists, now well established in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. A morale boost? Or something more?