Taliban Take Over Kabul as Afghan President Flees Country
Demoralized Afghan security forces offered no resistance as the insurgents, who seized most of the country in just over a week, appeared Sunday morning on the capital’s outskirts.
Just a few days ago the news headlines were saying Afghanistan “could” fall in 90 days. This was… incredibly fast. And the response here also seems out of touch with reality:
“Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected parallels being made with the rushed U.S. exit from the U.S. embassy in Vietnam in 1975, when staff was evacuated by helicopter from the building’s roof. He said the aim in Afghanistan was to target al Qaeda, which had been achieved.
“This is not Saigon,” said Mr. Blinken, speaking to CNN on Sunday. “We went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission, and that mission was to deal with the folks who attacked us on 9/11. And we succeeded in that mission.””Posted on 2021-08-15T16:51:08+0000