Afghanistan: Rebel President Biden “strongly” supports decision to withdraw US troops despite Taliban takeover

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Afghanistan: Rebel President Biden “strongly” supports decision to withdraw US troops despite Taliban takeover


Joe Biden says he “strongly” supports his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan.

the The american president spoke after the Taliban entered Kabul and rose to power in the country – 20 years after their elimination in the US-led invasion.

Mr. Biden said the US mission in Afghanistan was never meant to build a nation.

“I strongly support my decision,” he said – although he admitted that the collapse of the Afghan government was faster than expected.

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President Joe Biden delivers speech on Afghanistan

He blamed the Taliban’s takeover on political leaders who fled the country and the Afghan army’s reluctance to fight.

The president also criticized his predecessor, Donald Trump, for making the Taliban responsible and leaving them “in the strongest position militarily since 2001”.

“US troops cannot and must not wage war and die in a war that Afghan forces are unwilling to wage for themselves,” Biden added.

The US leader played down the prospect of Taliban ascendancy for months while saying Americans of all political stripes are tired of a 20-year war.

As the Taliban regained control, the US, UK and other countries rushed to evacuate their citizens and local allies.

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Mr. Biden returned to the White House earlier on Monday. Photo: AP

Mr Biden warned the Taliban not to interfere with the US evacuation effort, threatening “a devastating force, if necessary.”

Thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport, throwing it into chaos.

Some were so desperate to escape the Taliban that they clung to a military plane as it took off and fell to their deaths, with senior US military officials claiming seven people died in the chaos.

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Chaos at Kabul airport as people cling to the plane

A US official said soldiers fired in the air to deter people trying to force the military flight that was to take US diplomats and embassy staff out of the fallen city.

Another US official later said forces protecting Kabul airport killed two gunmen in separate incidents.

A third official described the crowd trying to climb onto the airport tarmac as “out of control”.

And other footage showed people dragging children over barbed wire fences, climbing an airlift that allows people to walk to a plane from a terminal and down to the undercarriage. ‘a military plane taxiing along the runway.

People try to blow up a wall in Kabul airport
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People try to jump over a wall to enter Kabul airport

Other images released by Afghan media and social media showed at least one person falling from the undercarriage of a military plane that had taken off.

A Pentagon spokesman said Monday evening that the airfield at Kabul airport reopened after a break in the day.

He added that it would be wrong to conclude that the military did not view the Taliban invading Afghanistan, including Kabul, as a “separate possibility”.

The Taliban are expected to announce that Afghanistan is now the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, under Sharia law.

Taliban say war in Afghanistan is over and he is responsible for 90% of government buildings, amid allegations of revenge killings, brutal tactics, looting and lawlessness.

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country Sunday as Islamists began to enter Kabul with virtually unopposed – despite continued but short-lived resistance elsewhere – saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.

Roads around Kabul were blocked as people rushed to the airport
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Roads around Kabul were blocked as people rushed to the airport
People have been seen hanging from planes taking off from Kabul International Airport after the Taliban took control of the country.  A number of shocking videos have been uploaded to social media showing huge crowds on the trail, trying to escape the country.
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People have been seen clinging to planes taking off from the international airport

Afghanistan’s ambassador to the UN said on Monday that the body’s Security Council must “Use all the means at its disposal to call for an immediate end to the violence” in his country, and “respect for human rights and international humanitarian law”.

He urged all members of the United Nations not to recognize any administration that comes to power by force or a government that is not inclusive.

Taliban accused of brutally applying their own strict version of Sharia, or Islamic law
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Taliban accused of brutally applying their own strict version of Sharia, or Islamic law

At a UN Security Council meeting convened after the apparent victory of the Taliban, official Afghan ambassador Ghulam Isaczai said: “I speak on behalf of the millions of Afghan girls and women who are on the verge of death. losing their freedom… thousands of human rights defenders, journalists, academics, government officials… whose lives are in danger… thousands of internally displaced people who are in desperate need of shelter and protection.

“We are extremely concerned that the Taliban are not honoring their promises… We have witnessed time and again how the Taliban have broken their promises in the past. We have seen gruesome images of mass executions of the Taliban, soldiers and targeted killings of civilians in Kandahar and other major cities.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday night that the British government was “Surprised by the scale and the pace” with which the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

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Ensuring that ‘the gains are not lost’ is the top priority

He revealed that 150 British nationals will arrive in the UK in the early hours of the morning, and 350 more British and Afghan nationals will arrive in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to hold a virtual meeting of G7 leaders and has stepped up efforts to evacuate British and other nationals from Kabul.

Number 10 said he spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday about how the two countries could work together to recognize any future Afghan government, as well as to try to prevent a humanitarian and refugee crisis.

Many other countries that participated in efforts to rebuild the country amid two decades of war with the Taliban also began to withdraw diplomatic personnel and continued to attempt to evacuate their civilians and the Afghans who had assisted them.

A new life under the Taliban has begun
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Taliban fighter runs towards crowd outside Kabul airport

Among the countries planning to withdraw their personnel was Russia, which launched an invasion in 1979 and fought mujahedin, including members of the Taliban in a 10-year war. It happened as the Taliban were deploying guards to the Russian embassy.

The first group of evacuated Britons and embassy staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton Sunday evening, confirmed the Ministry of Defense.

There are believed to be 4,000 Britons in Afghanistan and the UK has said it plans to step up efforts to evacuate up to 1,500 people from Afghanistan per day.

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