20 years after the Taliban were removed from power, the withdrawal of international troops opened the door for the Taliban to resume control. The speed at which they took control of all major cities was unanticipated, leaving a wake of violence and crisis, and creating a complex evacuation process for expatriates. A Taliban spokesman said they did not want civil war but asked the President to step down and have established their own parallel state called the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with their own flag. Today we declare that the Lord is our Banner, and He alone has the victory. (The Bible, Exodus 17:15).