Tolo News: Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said that some professional military and intelligence officials as well as strong army units were given promises before the fall of Kabul that they would be evacuated, and their departure was one of the main reasons for the collapse of the Afghan military. Ghani posted on Facebook a
The Hill: Mohib blamed the decision to not involve the Afghan government in talks with the Taliban for its ultimate collapse. According to the former official, the biggest mistake was not understanding that the U.S. was withdrawing from Afghanistan, regardless of the situation. Click here to read more (external link).
8am: Three and a half months after the fall of the national government, US media recently reported that the Taliban covert forces had captured Kabul and other Afghan cities from within. Fugitive President Ashraf Ghani left Kabul three months and a half ago (August 15). As he fled the country, control of all provinces, including
BBC News: Afghanistan’s ex-finance minister has blamed the government’s fall on corrupt officials who invented “ghost soldiers” and took payments from the Taliban. Khalid Payenda told the BBC that most of the 300,000 troops and police on the government’s books did not exist. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Talking to CBS News, Khalilzad said the US military tried many times to strengthen its position on the battleground, but it failed. “The negotiation was a result of–based on the judgment that we weren’t winning the war and therefore time was not on our side and better to make a deal sooner than
Press TV August 29, 2021 Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the United States suffered a “humiliating defeat” in Afghanistan that led to its withdrawal after years of atrocities in the country. He made the remarks on Sunday, two weeks after the Afghan government and military collapsed
Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 15, 2021 The situation in the Afghan capital, Kabul, is changing rapidly as the Taliban has moved into the city and taken over parts of it, including the Presidential Palace. This happened as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and security forces in the city melted away.
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi August 14, 2021 Taliban fighters have reportedly taken control of Mazar-e Sharif, a major northern Afghan city that is one of the last in the country still under government control. The August 14 capture of the city, located around 100 kilometers from the border with Uzbekistan, was a major setback for the
Fox News: Former “View” co-host Meghan McCain went on a tear against the Biden administration Friday over the turbulent U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan – as the Taliban continued to gain more ground in the war-torn nation. Click here to read more (external link). Related Taliban Victories Explain The Wisdom Of US Withdrawal
By RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi August 14, 2021 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has vowed not to give up the “achievements” of the last 20 years as the Taliban attacked a major northern city and were reported making advances elsewhere. Ghani’s first public appearance on August 14 came as the Taliban launched an assault on Mazar-e Sharif and