The political and social improvements that have occurred in Afghanistan over the last two decades will now be blocked

[Kabul, Afghanistan /AJ]

Over 50 nations' troops, led by the United States, have become weary after two decades of fighting to combat Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan with massive modern weapons. The United States has not only been beaten militarily, but it has also been vanquished politically. President Ashraf Ghani's administration, supported by the Western Alliance, has surrendered to the Taliban without a struggle. Governors of provinces and virtually all tribal chiefs have now surrendered.

The defeat, on the other hand, has been attributed to the United States. "Similar, false claims against US soldiers have been made more than once," Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement released Friday.

President Ashraf Ghani was ensuring his safe departure with Taliban leaders in Kabul when US Secretary of State Blinken called on CNN to help him achieve his aim. He stated that the US objective was to degrade al Qaeda so that it would not carry out any more attacks against the US in the future.

Al Qaeda has ceased to be a danger. Blinken said that the US has lost interest in Afghanistan, which necessitates a long-term military commitment, and that the Taliban became seductive once the Biden administration entered control. He said that if the US had not withdrawn its soldiers, it would have had to send additional troops and the conflict would have lasted longer. No American citizen, he claims, wants that.

The political and social improvements that have occurred in Afghanistan over the last two decades will now be blocked, according to Blinken, and there are worries that the Taliban rule will drag the country backwards once more. When asked if the US would recognize the Taliban administration, Blinken stated that any crimes or excesses would result in international funding being shut off. Taliban commanders will continue to be barred from traveling. As a result, in order to gain foreign support, the Taliban must modify their policies and positions.

That much is evident now. With Qatar acting as a middleman, the US negotiated for the release of Mullah Abdul Gani Baradai, one of the Taliban's founders, in September 2013. Mullah Baradai's release may have cleared the path for the Taliban's rebirth. Mullah Baradai took over as leader of the Taliban's political office in Qatar in just a few years. Before his arrest in Karachi, Pakistan in 2010, Mullah Baradai, the brother-in-law of the late Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was renowned as the Taliban's military strategist and commander.

He was, nevertheless, a supporter of political discussion at the time. Mullah Baradai and former President Hamid Karzai were both from the Durrani tribe and were born in the Irrawaddy region of Uruguayan province in Afghanistan. Through Wali Karzai, Hamid Karzai's brother, they had an informal conversation.

The Afghan army's capitulation without a fight and the Taliban's remarkable speed in taking control of the whole nation are being blamed on President Biden's apparent declaration of a pre-September American pullout. But, according to Secretary of State Blinken, President Trump's deal with the Taliban stipulated that soldiers would be withdrawn by May.

He said that when the Biden administration took office in January, the Taliban had become unstoppable in Afghanistan, and that the violence would have worsened if forces had not began departing in May. The apparent reason for Biden's statements was that their morale and willingness to fight in Afghanistan had plummeted.

There has been significant dissatisfaction and outrage among US and European political and military elites as a result of the Western Alliance's withdrawal from Afghanistan and the catastrophic collapse of the Afghan government. Many of them have harshly attacked the administration and stated that they would be decapitated in humiliation if they do not change their ways. The British Defense Secretary raised public alarm a few days ago that this might heighten security threats.

According to Tom Tugenhat, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and a Conservative Party MP, the withdrawal from Afghanistan is the worst foreign policy debacle since the Suez Canal collapse. Before entering politics, Tom Tugenhat served in the British Army in Afghanistan.

The pressure on Western politicians and experts to give protection and aid to individuals facing political reprisal for establishing Taliban authority in Afghanistan is their major worry. Governments in the West have been chastised for failing to give appropriate political sanctuary and reintegration. They are particularly concerned about the return of Islamic militancy and extremism. Many have pointed to Iraq as an example, where the Islamic State, or IS, sprang from the vacuum left by its departure. How would they allay similar worries about the ramifications of leaving Afghanistan?


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