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Taliban gave US chance to secure Kabul: report

As Taliban fighters retook the Afghan money of Kabul in a lightening offensive previously this month, insurgents provided to enable the US to keep the metropolis — and senior leaders turned it down, according to a new report.

On Aug. 15, Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani fled the nation as Taliban forces manufactured their way to the cash city. When experiences of gangs going onto the streets emerged, senior US Armed service leaders in Doha, Qatar and Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s political chief, organized an in-individual conference, according to the Washington Post, which cited a US official.

At the meeting, Baradar reportedly explained, “We have a issue. We have two choices to deal with it: You [the United States military] take duty for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.” 

Taliban fighters just take control of Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, following President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.
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Maritime Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, was reportedly a section of the assembly and told Baradar that the US’ mission was to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and all many others at hazard. The Biden administration’s plan to withdraw US troops by Aug. 31 was however to transfer forward. By Sunday evening, the Taliban experienced taken regulate of Kabul. 

In accordance to the report, an being familiar with arrived about that the Taliban would control the metropolis and the US would have manage of the airport by the withdrawal deadline. The Taliban has said they will take into consideration that day a “red line,” and that there will be “consequences” if the withdrawal goes previous the conclude of August.

Insurgents reportedly weren’t planning on using Kabul that working day, and were being astonished to see the deficiency of troopers and law enforcement 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 probability to protected the Afghan funds of Kabul, in accordance to a report.
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Muhammad Nasir Haqqani, a Taliban commander, allegedly been given a concept on his cellular phone saying that “government has still left all of their ministries you have to enter the metropolis to prevent even further disorder and defend public property and products and services from chaos.” 

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

“We couldn’t regulate our feelings, we had been so happy,” he stated. “Most of our fighters had been crying. We hardly ever assumed we would choose Kabul so swiftly.”

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 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants group into the Herat Kabul World-wide-web cafe seeking assistance applying for the SIV plan on August 8, 2021 in Kabul.
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Due to the fact the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, the US has been scrambling to evacuate as several Us residents and Afghan allies as probable before Tuesday. 

US troops have evacuated about 116,700 folks considering the fact that Aug. 14, like 1,200 within 24 hours ending Monday early morning. Five thousand and five hundred American citizens have been evacuated so far and Biden administration officials believe that all-around 300 continue to be in the state. 

The evacuation initiatives were being briefly paused on Thursday when a suicide bomb assault went off close to the Kabul airport killing 13 US troopers and nearly 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 plane is noticed as evacuation continues a working day following an explosion hits crowds outside the house the Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 27, 2021.
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ISIS-K, the group also known as the Islamic State Khorasan, took credit rating for the deadly bombing. In retaliation, the US introduced an airstrike Saturday on people allegedly included in the attack, allegedly killing two persons with ties to the Islamic Condition and injuring yet another. 

The very same day, President Biden warned that a different assault could be imminent — inside of the subsequent 24 to 48 several hours.

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