The speed with which the Taliban took control of Afghanistan surprised many analysts. A recent U.S. intelligence report suggested the Taliban wouldn’t be in a position to capture Kabul until at least midway through the fall, following the final withdrawal of U.S. military forces. On Aug. 16, roughly a week after a major offensive began, the Taliban declared the war with America and its western allies over, and proclaimed itself the new government of Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is working closely with its allies to ensure Canadian citizens and diplomatic staff are evacuated from Afghanistan as quickly as possible. Trudeau reiterated his commitment to resettle 20,000 Afghan citizens, including interpreters and other personnel who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces during their mission in the country.