Crying Afghan girl shares fears as Taliban take control of country
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President Joe Biden’s decision to continue Donald Trump’s agenda of removing all US troops from Afghanistan has led to the collapse of order in the country and allowed the Taliban to step back into power. On Sunday, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul. Insurgents were pictured in the city’s presidential palace after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and his forces gave up the city without a fight.
Afghan’s are trying to flee for their lives by flooding onto airport runways and attempting to escape across the border by car, in a desperate bid to save their families from torture and oppression.
The US president has remarked that he does not regret pulling troops out of Afghanistan and said: “They’ve got to fight for themselves.”
America is still supplying Afghanistan with close air support by bombing Taliban attackers, paying Afghan military salaries, and providing Afghan forces with food and equipment.
But ultimately, the USA’s choice to withdraw on-the-ground military presence, after 20 years, has empowered the Taliban to re-capture Afghanistan.
In February 2020 the Trump administration forged an agreement with the Taliban that the USA would withdraw all its forces and in exchange, the Taliban promised to sever its ties with al-Qaeda and end its attacks on American forces.
During President Joe Biden’s electoral campaign, he promised the American people that he would stick to Trump’s plan and continue to withdraw the USA’s armed forces from the Middle East after the longest war in American history.
American Government officials said Mr Biden concluded that the Afghanistan conflict was an “unwinnable war” and one that “does not have a military solution”.
Since then, Mr Biden has been under mounting pressure from divided politicians, one half has urged him to stick to the deadline of May 2021 to withdraw all American forces, whilst the other half has been advising him that total withdrawal would be a huge mistake for world peace.
In March, Jack Reed, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters: “We’ve got to be able to assure the world and the American public that Afghanistan will not be a source of planning and plotting to project terrorist attacks around the globe.
“I’m not sure we can do that without some presence there.”
Experts have said the Taliban have not cut ties with al-Qaeda, who used Afghanistan as a safe haven to plan the 9/11 attacks on the USA in 2001, and that the progress made by the 20-year “war on terrorism” may be totally reversed in the next few weeks.
British Chair of the Commons defence committee, Tobias Ellwood, has condemned the Western retreat as “completely humiliating” and said: “I would not be surprised if we see another attack on the scale of 9/11, almost to bookend what happened 20 years ago, as a poke in the face to the Western Alliance to show how fruitless our efforts have been over the last two decades.”
Donald Trump has said: “It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen in Afghanistan.”
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Over the last two decades, hundreds of academics have criticised President George Bush for starting the war with Afghanistan in the first place.
Seven days after the Taliban attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001, President Bush authorized the use of force against those responsible for the 9/11 attack. This legislature led to the invasion of Afghanistan, eavesdropping on suspicious US citizens without a court order, and the opening of detention camp Guantanamo Bay in 2002.
More than 2.8 million American service members and 282,000 British soldiers have been deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
About 2,500 American soldiers have been killed whilst deployed in Afghanistan, and over 20,000 have been injured.
Should President Bush be blamed for the current situation in Afghanistan? Did he have any choice in whether to start the war or not, after the 9/11 attack? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
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In April, there were around 3,500 American troops left in Afghanistan and 7,000 soldiers from other nations, but now, hardly any American military remain and are in the process of being evacuated.
After America’s decision to abandon innocent Afghans and allow the Taliban to retake power, should European powers band together to fight against the terrorist organisation? Vote now.
The US has a total military force of 5,137,860 people, whilst Europe has a combined military stock of 5,930,720.
Meaning, if key nations with the largest military forces in Europe such as Ukraine, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom banded together, they could deploy as many, or more, soldiers than the USA withdrew, and fight to restore order after the chaos America left behind.
The UK alone has a total military force, including paratroopers, of 232,900, so attacking without the military support of other European nations would be difficult.
Some members of the public may ask, ‘why should we help? They’re not our people’.
Not only would it be the morally right thing to do, by protecting innocent people from being tortured and murdered by the Taliban, but it would also protect the UK and the rest of the world from future acts of terrorism, like 9/11.
Secretary of State Dominic Raab tweeted yesterday: “It is critical that the international community is united in telling the Taliban that the violence must end and human rights must be protected.”
The UK government is yet to announce plans to deploy the military to attack the Taliban, but they have sent 600 soldiers from the 16 Air Assault Brigade to evacuate Britons from the country.
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