Taliban Declares 'War Is Over' As President And Diplomats Flee Kabul

The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan ensuing within the Pakistan-backed Taliban taking management of the nation has created a particularly harmful scenario in South Asia, a former nationwide safety advisor has informed lawmakers. I believe it is a particularly harmful scenario in South Asia broadly. I do suppose that it’s in China’s curiosity, proper? That the Pakistani authorities and military go after these jihadist teams much less selectively. It’s additionally within the curiosity clearly of safety and stability throughout South Asia, Gen (rtd) H R McMaster informed members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee throughout a Congressional listening to on Afghanistan. 

One of the best risks I believe can be India struggling this type of cycle of sectarian violence that you simply see throughout the better Middle East. That might be incited by a few of these teams like, you already know, Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba, McMaster mentioned. Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Corker mentioned that the Chinese have created their very own vulnerability with their repression of their Muslim inhabitants, the Uyghurs within the west.

So, they have a robust incentive to make use of some strain that they’ve on Pakistan, to result in a greater consequence than we have seen up to now, he mentioned. Former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage informed lawmakers that Pakistan supplied meals, sustenance, and the whole lot else to the Taliban.

I’m talking particularly of ISI, that culminated in the truth that Osama bin Laden was dwelling in Abbottabad for thus lengthy, not fathomable that the Pakistanis did not learn about it, he mentioned. I’d be terribly disillusioned if I knew there was an settlement that the Pakistanis embedded with the Talibs can be allowed to flee. However, that’s not saying that there weren’t Pakistanis embedded. Sultan Amir Imam was the chief coach of the Taliban, and I knew him for numerous years. He’s been killed by, satirically sufficient, an extremist group, Armitage mentioned.

McMaster mentioned the world and the US is in a extra harmful scenario than they had been on September 10, 2001. The motive we’re not seeing assaults like 9/11 are due to our defensive capabilities that we have developed, I believe. But these teams are rising stronger, he mentioned.

Jihadist terrorist organisations aren’t solely rising bigger in numbers, extra assured, and richer, they’re additionally changing into extra damaging, McMaster mentioned. Our humiliating withdrawal left terrorists with billions of {dollars} of weapons. Those weapons will probably be shared among the many over 20 US-designated terrorist organisations within the terrorist ecosystem throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan, he mentioned.

Because a few of these teams have already turned in opposition to the nuclear-armed Pakistani military and authorities, it’s not troublesome to think about terrorists having access to probably the most damaging weapons on Earth, McMaster mentioned. It is for these causes that, I consider, our self-defeat in Afghanistan and our broader disengagement from the combat in opposition to jihadist terrorists internationally in current months has made jihadist terrorists extra harmful as we speak than they had been on 10 September 2001.

We are already witnessing the political dimension of our misplaced conflict, from Tehran to Moscow to Beijing to Pyongyang, our adversaries are emboldened and our pals and allies doubt that we’re reliable, he mentioned. Corker mentioned Pakistanis constantly gave secure haven to the Taliban.

Some of its most nefarious components lie. As they mentioned it to me, it is their narrative, we all know you are going to stroll out someday. You walked out on us after the Soviet defeat. You’ll stroll out on us once more. And we won’t be left with the Taliban as our mortal enemy, he mentioned. So, they most likely had quarter-hour of high-fiving as occasions proved them proper, that we might go. But solely quarter-hour as a result of they’re scared. But the Taliban’s so-called victory has fueled Islamic extremists in every single place, and positively in Pakistan, the place the Pakistani-Taliban purpose to overthrow the federal government in Islamabad, not in Kabul, Corker mentioned.

I perceive there’s already a dialog underway because the Pakistanis attempt to tackle a drastically enhanced risk to their very own stability and safety because the Taliban maintain will increase and the Taliban message flows by all the Islamic world the place extremist teams really feel emboldened. So how we received there’s essential, mentioned the previous US diplomat.


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