Despite nearly $9 billion in American taxpayer funds devoted to counternarcotics in the country since the war started in October 2001, Afghanistan remains the world’s top producer of opium and heroin, some of which is fueling the unprecedented fatal drug overdoses killing tens of thousands in the United States annually.
Trump administration officials have intensified peace talks with the group as part of the U.S. president’s Afghanistan strategy to end the more than 17-year-old war.
In exchange for a withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban has reportedly agreed to prevent any other jihadi group including their al-Qaeda allies and ISIS foes from planning or carrying out attacks against American interests from Afghan soil.
While the Taliban has come out against any foreign troops remaining in Afghanistan, the group expects the United States to continue footing the bill for reconstruction.
U.S. nation-building efforts mainly include American taxpayer funds devoted to developing the Afghan security forces, which may include Taliban fighters if a peace pact is achieved.