The war ended with the Taliban regaining power after a 19 years and 10 months-long insurgency against allied NATO and Afghan Armed Forces. It was the longest war in United States history, surpassing the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by approximately five months.
What are the Taliban's goals? The Taliban say they want to reimpose strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan and have ruled out holding elections. They have also proclaimed an amnesty to officials of the toppled government and its security services, asking former government employees to return to their jobs.