The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is looking unstoppable as they capture the big provincial cities of Kandahar, Herat and Ghazni without meeting effective resistance from Afghan government forces. Afghan soldiers and security forces are fleeing, surrendering
The withdrawal from Afghanistan could be the worst US debacle of the 21st century. The first was, of course, the war on Iraq, which destabilised the whole of this region. Other debacles could follow as this century is still young. The rapid collapse of Afghanistan
Twenty years after they melted away as the United States-led NATO troops entered Kabul, the Taliban soldiers stood at the gates of power. The elected government of President Ashraf Ghani has surrendered, and the Taliban are negotiating with the government
Pakistan has adopted a nuanced stance over the recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said there would be a regional consensus over the recognition of the Taliban.
As US President Joe Biden defended his actions in Afghanistan, Russian and Chinese state media were using chaotic scenes in Kabul to argue that the United States would one day similarly abandon its allies in Ukraine and Taiwan. The Biden administration
If you want to ascribe blame for the “failure” in Afghanistan, you’ll find it in the decision to invade Iraq. President Joe Biden did not fail there, he did his best to work through an impossible situation made worse by former President George W. Bush’s
There is widespread criticism of President Biden on the hasty departure from Afghanistan. However, there is no point in crying over spilt milk. Now, the priority should be to “damage control” and preserve the lives and livelihoods of the common citizens of Afghanistan, who cannot exit the country. The world must unite to ensure the safety of the Afghans.
The geo-political fallout from the chaotic and disastrous US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the human tragedy this will produce will haunt US presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Trump mandated the pullout when he directed US
Russia is playing a surprisingly positive and proactive role in Afghanistan after the hasty and disastrous retreat of the United States from Afghanistan. Russia of course carries scars of its own bitter experience in Afghanistan in the 1980s.