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In the Washington Post article, in which the book “Afghanistan Documents” was promoted, the “secret history” of the war in the region was highlighted, while drawing attention to the hype. US military successes and the inaccuracy of the ever-changing policies of administrations in Washington.
The article, which was written in two parts, states that since the time of former US President George W. Bush, although the results necessary for the stability of the region have not been achieved in military operations , this situation was kept from the public, and former Democratic President Barack Obama said he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan, but he had varying practices. Findings were shared that the bill was heavy.
The article also included detailed information such as leaked information that Dick Cheney, who was vice president of the Bush administration, was in the Bagram area, where he was secretly, during his visit to US soldiers. in Afghanistan in 2007, and narrowly escaped being targeted by the Taliban.
“By directing the vice president towards the heavily fortified base at Bagram, the Taliban have demonstrated their ability to launch large-scale attacks even far from their strongholds in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The US military, meanwhile, lied about the proximity of the insurgents. to inflict damage on Cheney, ignoring individual incidents. adopted to deceive the public about this war until the big picture. statements have been included.
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DIRECT ACCEPTANCE OF PAST PRESIDENTS AND JOE BIDEN
In the article, The Bad Policies of the United States in Afghanistan, based on the book, which includes interviews with more than 1,000 people who played a direct role in the war, as well as thousands of pages of documents obtained in Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Former US Presidents George Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have been criticized for “hiding the truth for 20 years”.
“The political and military leaders have chosen to bury their mistakes and let the war drag on. This culminated with President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan this year, and the Taliban are in their strongest period since the 2001 invasion, ”he said. evaluation has been made.
The Bush administration’s effort to create an “optimistic” perception in Afghanistan to cover up its failure in Iraq, “US commanders in Afghanistan have expressed unfounded and unfounded optimism in public opinion that their statements have turned into campaigning of disinformation ”. expressed as.
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In the series of articles, Major General Robert Durbin, responsible for training the Afghan security forces, told reporters on January 9, 2007, “We prevailed.” It was pointed out that the general’s statement contradicted the point reached today and that “things have gone badly” in Afghanistan since 2005.
Also in 2006, in an independent study commissioned by retired General Barry McCaffrey, the general said: “Nowhere have the Taliban been defeated and the war is getting worse. Afghan forces must be supported by 2020 to be able to operate without US assistance. “It was mentioned that the report in report form was not expressed by then Defense Minister Donald Rumsfeld.
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“OBAMA CREATED AN ILLUSION”
In Part 2 of the Afghan Facts Hidden from the American People series, he told former US President Barack Obama: “Obama created an illusion to make things work. He and his administration launched a messaging campaign to trick Americans into believing troops in Afghanistan would stay out of the war. Expression was used.
Noting that Obama held a celebration ceremony with the United States and NATO officials at their headquarters in Kabul on December 28, 2014 to appear to have kept his promise to end the war, the former president said that “after 13 years of war, the United States is safer and more secure.” The phrase came to light.
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Noting that these Obama statements are the result of a policy aimed only at buying time, the article recalls that after Afghan troops lost control of the city of Kunduz in 2015, Obama decided to extend indefinitely. the functions of American troops.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S CONFUSION OVER THE TALIBAN
In the remainder of the article, the Obama administration’s uncertainty regarding the fight against the Taliban is also highlighted, and the fact that the Pentagon, which has identified its main enemy as Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, does not define the Taliban as an “enemy power” without defining it as an “absolute enemy” causes total confusion.
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It was noted that the Obama administration first convinced itself that the only way to stabilize Afghanistan was to come to terms with the Taliban and the Afghan government, and then the Pentagon established new rules of engagement with which the Taliban could attack, and this has been embedded in complex policies like self-defense.
It was pointed out that these contradictory decisions baffled even US lawmakers and were among the factors that formed the basis of the outcome in Afghanistan today.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in February 2016, Republican Senator Lindsey O. Graham asked General John F. Campbell, Commander of the US Support Mission in Afghanistan, “Are the Taliban there? enemy of this country? Campbell asked, unable to give a clear answer to this question.
When Graham was asked if the US military was allowed to attack and attack the Taliban forces or kill their main leaders, the US general replied, “What I’m going to tell you is that our country has decided that we are not at war with the Taliban. had replied.
THE TALIBAN WILL TAKE THE CASE OF PROVINCIAL CENTERS
After the United States’ decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and the Afghan administration’s unsuccessful peace talks with the Taliban, the Taliban’s attacks accelerated.
The Taliban, after seizing dozens of neighborhoods in June, turned to the provincial centers they had besieged.
Zaranc, the Nimroz provincial center on the Afghan-Iranian border, became the first provincial center captured by the Taliban. Afghan security forces subsequently lost Taliban control in 11 provincial centers, mostly in the north. Kabul’s administration still dominates in 24 provincial centers.
The intensification of conflicts in recent months has increased civilian casualties and migration.
According to the UN, 1,659 civilians died in the first half of 2021, and more than 1,000 last month.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission announced that around 1 million civilians were displaced from their homes between early May and August.
The UN says 18 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian aid.
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