America's Failed Mission In Afghanistan: Intentions & Mistakes : Fresh Air The stunning collapse of the government of Afghanistan following President Biden's decision to remove U.S. troops from the country has led to chaotic scenes throughout Afghanistan, including at the airport in Kabul, where many are desperate to leave. It has also left countless Afghans wondering what the future holds as the Taliban takes control of the country. "They're frightened. They don't know what awaits them. ... It's devastating. It's a country that deserved better," 'New Yorker' staff writer Steve Coll says.