Taliban sees US Afghanistan exit as 'a victory' says Koofi
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has agreed to resign and hand Kabul, the Afghan capital, over to the Taliban. All of Afghanistan’s other major cities are already under Taliban control, after falling during a lightning two-week campaign.
Mr Biden had pledged to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Now the anniversary looks set to pass with the Taliban, who sheltered the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible, back in control at Kabul.
Brian Dean White, a former CIA officer, tweeted a video of Mr Biden talking about his Afghan withdrawal back in July.
He commented: “This may become the most infamous — and devastating — press conference ever held by an American President.”
Asked, by a journalist in July, if a Taliban victory was now inevitable President Biden replied: “No, it is not.
“Because you have the Afghan troops, 300,000 well equipped as any army in the world, and an air force, against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable.”
The President also fiercely rejected any comparison between the situation in Afghanistan and the US defeat in Vietnam, culminating in the 1975 fall of Saigon.
Asked if there was a “parallel” he replied: “None whatsoever. Zero.
“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese Army. They’re not remotely comparable, in terms of capabilities.
“There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an Embassy of the United States in Afghanistan.”
Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News, noted during the press conference President Biden added: “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
In response to the US withdrawal, one Twitter user posted a photo of a helicopter rescuing people from the US embassy during the 1975 fall of Saigon.
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They tweeted: “The last cut and run by the US ended in the humiliation of the last helicopters scooping up staff. Biden’s reputation is in tatters.”
NBC reporter chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel wrote: “Lots of blame to go around for Afghanistan on the US side.
“Trump made a terrible deal with the Taliban, effectively promising them the country and empowering them. But Biden then implemented the deal, so the buck stops with him.”
Another journalist added: “I saw Biden as a beacon of hope in our world. He has only added to the darkness.”
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Former Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan tweeted: “Biden’s desertion of Afghanistan will be his Vietnam – a self-inflicted wound of disastrous proportions.
“Incredible, and utterly shameful, that the most ‘woke’ US President in history has left millions of women to the merciless murderous clutches of the world’s worst misogynists.”
The Taliban have said they will not interfere with the evacuation of foreign nationals from Kabul’s international airport.
Western countries are rushing to get their citizens and Afghans who supported them on planes out of the city.
Both the US and UK sent troops to help ensure a smooth evacuation.
In 2019 President Trump reached an agreement with the Taliban, under which the US would withdraw from Afghanistan whilst the Taliban pledged not to shelter Al-Qaeda.
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