Whether the world can work with the Taliban will not alleviate the plight of Afghanistan's population under the group's rule.
Backed by the Taliban's full force, nomadic tribes are on a spree to extort sedentary populations who are already pushed to the brink by drought, poverty, and conflict.
Millions are on the brink of being thrown back under Taliban brutality, some after decades of living abroad.
An overview of the Taliban's emergence and rule in the 1990s, return to power in 2021, and its power-sharing structure.
The Taliban has encouraged former government and military officials to return to Afghanistan. But those who have, have been abused and persecuted.
Kabul is experiencing an extreme water crisis. The city's resources are stretched thin with a burgeoning population and a relentless demand for water, mainly drinking water.