World Afghan Military Collapses Five Weeks After Biden Said He Trusted It
Fearing Afghan refugee influx, Turkey reinforces border
TATVAN, Turkey (AP) — Fearing a new refugee crisis, Turkey is sending soldiers to reinforce its border with Iran in order to stop a potential influx of Afghans fleeing the Taliban insurgency. Irregular arrivals are already up as Afghans who fled weeks and months ago show up at Turkey's rugged border area after a long trek across Iran. A group of Afghans encountered by The Associated Press near the border said they had deserted the Afghan military and fled the country as the Taliban offensive accelerated.“We came out of necessity.
The Afghanistan military and government fell to the Taliban on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and insurgent forces entered the capital city of Kabul. The development occurred just five weeks after U.S. Presidentsaid he "trusted" the Afghan military to withstand such an invasion.
The Taliban entered Kabul early Sunday after seizing power across the country in just a little over a week. The capital city marked the last major government stronghold, but as forces honed in on the area, the nation's president joined a stampede of civilians and foreigners in
White House says a 'fair amount' of US military equipment provided to Afghans is now in Taliban hands
"Obviously, we don't have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport," National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.WASHINGTON — National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Tuesday a "fair amount" of military equipment the U.S. provided the Afghan National Security Forces was seized by the Taliban in the militant group's quick route of Afghanistan.
According to the Associated Press, the Taliban will soon announce the renaming of the country to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace.
The Taliban's relentless advance across Afghanistan came after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country in May. In the past week, Taliban insurgents faced little resistance from the Afghan military, showcasing the weakness of the country's security forces despite the fact that the U.S. spent billions of dollars to support its military over 20 years.
The stunning development occurred just five weeks after Biden said heDuring a July 8 press conference, the president denied that an invasion from the militant group was "inevitable," after American troops were pulled from the country.
France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal
The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.
"I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped, and more—more competent in terms of conducting war," Biden said last month, while adding that the military was "as well-equipped as any army in the world."
The scene in Kabul on Sunday was gripped by panic as civilians rushed to leave the country. The U.S. Embassy warned Americans to, and said that the situation was "changing quickly."
Many Afghans now fear a return to extremist rule, particularly due to the Taliban's harsh treatment of women. The last time the Taliban ruled the country from 1996 to 2001, it barred women and girls from working or receiving an education, and required women to be escorted by a male relative when leaving the home.
Under a strict interpretation of Islam, the militant group also closed movie theaters, shuttered the Kabul television station, and banned the playing of all music.
Intel community defends itself after US was caught out by speed of Taliban takeover
The speed at which the Taliban took over Afghanistan, despite claims from the Biden administration last week that the fall of Kabul wasn't imminent, has led to accusations the events of the past 72 hours represent a catastrophic intelligence failure, on top of a military and political one. © Provided by Washington Examiner In a speech from the White House on Monday, President Joe Biden admitted the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban takeover happened "more quickly than we anticipated." “The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” Biden said.
By Sunday evening, Taliban forces were seen moving into police districts across Kabul that had been abandoned by government security, and a coordinated council formed by the country's former president and other top political figures was developed to maintain a peaceful transfer of power. Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said Sunday that the city is not under the threat of attack.
"The city's security is guaranteed. There will be no attack on the city," he said, according to The New York Times. "The agreement for greater Kabul city is that under an interim administration, God willing, power will be transferred."
Amid the chaos, thebegan evacuating American diplomatic and civilian staff from its embassy on Thursday. Embassy staffers on Friday were told to , and a core group of American diplomats were moved to a facility at the international airport.
Over the weekend, the total number of U.S. troops in the city grew to 5,000 after an additional 1,000 troops were sent to help accelerate the process of getting Americans out of the country.
'They already looking for me': An Afghan interpreter on the last 24 hours
On Monday, I feared the worst. I had messaged Omid Mahmoodi, who worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military. But nothing. And then I had messaged Omid Mahmoodi, who worked as an interpreter and cultural adviser for the U.S. military for three years during the war.
By Sunday evening in Afghanistan, it remained unclear when that transfer of power would take place and who among the Taliban was negotiating, according to the AP.
U.S. Secretary of Statesaid during a interview Sunday that the Taliban has been told there will be "a swift and decisive response" if the insurgent group interferes in the evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan.
When asked if the U.S. would ever recognize the militant group as a legitimate Afghan government, Blinken said: "A future Afghan government that upholds the basic rights of its people and that doesn't harbor terrorists is a government we can work with and recognize."
"Conversely, a government that doesn't do that, that doesn't uphold the basic rights of its people, including women and girls, that harbors terrorist groups that have designs on the United States, our allies and partners, certainly, that's not going to happen," he added.
After two decades and billions spent, Afghan government collapses as Taliban takes Kabul .
The Taliban, which for hours had been in the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon after they would move farther into a city gripped by panic.Embattled President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the Taliban entered the capital city of Kabul, and American troops scrambled to evacuate thousands of U.S. diplomats and Afghans from the U.S. Embassy.