Taliban gave US probability to secure Kabul: report

Marilou Gladfelter

As Taliban fighters retook the Afghan money of Kabul in a lightning offensive before this thirty day period, insurgents offered to permit the US to hold the town — and senior leaders turned it down, in accordance to a new report.

On Aug. 15, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the state as Taliban forces made their way into the money city. When experiences of gangs moving onto the streets emerged, senior US military leaders in Doha, Qatar, and Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s political chief, organized an in-individual conference, according to the Washington Submit, which cited a US formal.

At the assembly, Baradar reportedly stated, “We have a issue. We have two choices to deal with it: You [the United States military] consider responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to let us to do it.” 

Taliban fighters acquire handle of the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, right after President Ashraf Ghani fled the place.
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Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of US Central Command, was reportedly a element of the conference and told Baradar that the US’ mission was to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and all other people at risk. The Biden administration’s prepare to withdraw US troops by Aug. 31 was nevertheless to go forward. By Sunday evening, the Taliban had taken control of Kabul. 

In accordance to the report, an knowledge arrived about that the Taliban would handle the town and the US would have regulate of the airport as a result of the withdrawal deadline. The Taliban have said they will take into account that day a “red line,” and that there will be “consequences” if the withdrawal goes previous the stop of August.

Insurgents reportedly weren’t arranging on having Kabul that working day, and had been surprised to see the deficiency of troopers and police in the town. 

U.S. Marines watch during the change of command ceremony at Task Force Southwest military field in Shorab military camp of Helmand province, Afghanistan
Senior leaders turned down a chance to secure the Afghan money of Kabul, in accordance to a report.
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Muhammad Nasir Haqqani, a Taliban commander, allegedly gained a concept on his telephone saying that “government has left all of their ministries you have to enter the city to stop even further disorder and defend general public residence and companies from chaos.” 

Haqqani and his forces then entered the city gates and attained the palace by late afternoon. 

“We couldn’t handle our emotions, we were being so pleased,” he mentioned. “Most of our fighters have been crying. We under no circumstances imagined we would get Kabul so speedily.”

Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants crowd into the Herat Kabul Internet cafe seeking help applying for the SIV program on August 8, 2021 in Kabul
Afghan Exclusive Immigrant Visa (SIV) candidates crowd into the Herat Kabul web cafe trying to find support implementing for the SIV system on August 8, 2021, in Kabul.
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Because the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the US has been scrambling to evacuate as quite a few Americans and Afghan allies as possible in advance of Tuesday. 

US troops have evacuated around 116,700 individuals since Aug. 14, such as 1,200 within the 24 hours ending Monday early morning. 5 thousand 5 hundred American citizens have been evacuated so considerably and Biden administration officials believe that all around 300 remain in the country. 

The evacuation endeavours ended up briefly paused Thursday when a suicide bomb assault transpired near the Kabul airport, killing 13 US navy personnel and virtually 200 Afghans. Evacuation flights resumed Friday morning. 

A US plane is seen getting off as evacuation continues a day after explosion hits crowds outside the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 27, 2021.
A US aircraft is found as evacuation proceeds a working day after an explosion hit crowds outdoors the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2021.
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ISIS-K, the team also recognized as the Islamic Condition Khorasan, took credit for the lethal bombing. In retaliation, the US released an airstrike Saturday on people today allegedly concerned in the assault, allegedly killing two people with ties to the Islamic Condition and injuring another. 

The same day, President Biden warned that a further assault could be imminent — in just the upcoming 24 to 48 hours.

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