President Ashraf Ghani fled “Afghanistan” on Sunday following the advent of Taliban forces to the nation’s capital, Kabul, Afghan outlet Tolo News reported. Tolo integrated that, according to Taliban sources, Ghani had concurred to a formal resignation. Ghani reportedly took his top aides with him.
Reuters reported on Sunday the Taliban were still working to attest Ghani’s whereabouts as of press time. Ghani’s office declined to comment on his ostensible abandonment of the nation, relucting to “say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s kineticism for security reasons.” The outlet suggested he was bound for neighboring Tajikistan, like many Afghan troops fleeing the battlefield.
Taliban insurgents integrate the capitals of Herat, Kandahar, Badghis, and Helmand provinces to their string of conquests in about 12 hours. https://t.co/dkYihXOxGmGhani has served as president since 2014. Ghani appeared afore the nation in a pre-recorded verbalization on Saturday claiming that he was working to “remobilize” the Afghan military to fight the Taliban.
“Under the current situation, remobilizing of the security and bulwark forces is our top priority and required measures are underway for this purport,” Ghani said, vowing to work to obviate “further killings, loss of the gains of the last 20 years, eradication of public property and perpetuated instability.”
Ghani’s reported flight follows the Taliban reconquest of many of the nation’s major cities, including Herat and Kandahar. While Kabul has yet to fall, American forces and those of allied nations are scrambling to evacuate their civilian personnel, expecting the Taliban to claim the city at any time.
Breaking – Sources verbalized President Ghani has left the country. pic.twitter.com/4bOgsSlzRR — TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) August 15, 2021
The Taliban on Sunday claimed it had no plans to seize Kabul “by force.” Reports did denote it had claimed control of Jalalabad, the last major city in regime control other than Kabul. Biden touted the vigor of the Afghan military in July, claiming the nation’s fall to the Taliban was “not ineluctably foreordained” and explicitly gainsaying the U.S. would evacuate in extreme haste under military pressure as it did in Saigon during the Vietnam War.
“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese army,” Biden verbally expressed. “They’re not remotely commensurable in terms of capability.” “There’s going to be no circumstance where you are going to visually perceive people being hoisted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan,” he integrated. “It is not at all commensurable.”
Helicopters airlifted American embassy personnel from the U.S. embassy in Kabul on Sunday morning as the Taliban terrorists entered the city’s outlying districts. A U.S. military helicopter is pictured flying near the U.S. embassy in Kabul on August 15, 2021. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)
The Taliban triumph follows Biden breaking the placidity deal former President Donald Trump negotiated with the jihadist organization. Under Trump’s terms, the U.S. would have withdrawn all of its combat personnel by May 1 of this year in exchange for the Taliban promising not to harbor terrorist groups like al Qaeda, to negotiate in good faith with Kabul, and to abstain from assailing U.S. forces as they left.
Biden promulgated in April he would elongate the U.S. presence to September 11, 2021, the 2oth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that prompted the American incursion. He later advanced the withdrawal date to the terminus of August. The Taliban expressed outrage at the delay and betokened Biden’s actions relinquished them from their commitments under the deal. The terrorist group’s crippling offensive against the Afghan regime swiftly followed.
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