ICCT in the Media: The Fall of Afghanistan

Analyses in the media by ICCT experts related to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan that took place in the lead up to, and after the US withdrawal of troops on August 30th, 2021 can be found on this page.


18.8.2021: ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen was interviewed by Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws on the evacuation of Afghanistan and the threat of imminent terrorist attacks on Kabul Airport.

Listen to the news broadcast here (Dutch).


19.8.2021: ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Julie Coleman reflected on the relationship between the Taliban, IS, and al Qaeda to Dutch newspaper NRC in an article regarding the growing influence of jihadism in Africa.

Read the article here (Dutch).


23.8.21: In an article published by British news outlet i news, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen examines the consequences of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan on overseas terrorism and regional conflict/

Read the article here (English).


24.8.2021: ICCT  Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Tanya Mehra was interviewed by Dutch television station Hart van Nederland regarding the chances of a Taliban attack on Western soil.

Listen to the interview here (Dutch).


26.8.2021: In an article published by British news outlet i news,  ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen discusses the realistic threat presented by IS-K in Afghanistan.

Read the article here (English).


26.8.2021: In an article published by Dutch news organisation NOS Nieuws, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Tanya Mehra talks about the history between the Taliban and IS-K in Afghanistan.

Read the article here (Dutch).


26.8.2021: In a television interview in the Dutch news show EenVandaag, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen reflects on the terrorist attack at the airport of Kabul. He discusses the motives and the nature of terrorist organisation IS-K, and their current and future position in Afghanistan.

Watch the interview here (Dutch).


27.8.2021: In a radio interview with Dutch news programme EenVandaag, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen discusses the attack just outside the airport of Kabul on 26 August 2021. He explains the relation between IS-K, who have claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Taliban.

Listen to the interview here (Dutch) – min 42.10.


31.8.2021: In a piece published by British newspaper i news, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Teun van Dongen explores how the Taliban may govern in the wake of their takeover of Afghanistan.

Read the piece here (English).


11.09.2021: In an article published by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, ICCT Senior Research Fellow and Programme Lead Julie Coleman examines the primary drivers behind young people joining extremist organisations in the Sahel region.

Read the article here (Dutch).