With the fall of all other major cities in the country, Kabul with a population of 4 million was de facto under Taliban siege. The agencies reported that the Taliban had taken four other provinces and reached the outskirts of Kabul, capturing the Char Asyab region, 11 km from the capital, to the south. The towns of Paktika, Kunar, the provinces of Paktiya in the east, Sherene, Esed Abad and Gardiz came under the control of the Taliban. With the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif yesterday, the entire northern region came under Taliban control. After Mazar-i Sharif came under Taliban control, it was claimed that Afghan forces in the city fled to the border with Uzbekistan. Images allegedly showing Afghan soldiers waiting at the Hayratan border post were shared on social media. The organization captured 23 of the 34 provincial centers in about a week. The administration in Kabul, supported by the West, now controls the capital and parts of the center and east of the country.
UNITED STATES INCREASES NUMBER OF SOLDIERS
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement the day before that Kabul was “not under immediate threat” but the US administration is trying to evacuate its diplomats. US President Joe Biden has announced that the number of troops to be sent to the region for the evacuation of embassy personnel has increased from 3,000 to 5,000. While some of the troops have reached Afghanistan, the Helicopter traffic between the embassy and the airport last night was interpreted as the start of the evacuation. Prior to the evacuation, embassy staff were also instructed to “burn or shred all sensitive materials.”
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EŞREF GANI IN SEARCH OF SOLUTIONS
President Ashraf Ghani, who was in front of the cameras in front of the Afghan flag while his country was in these conditions, said that the mobilization of the military is the “first priority” in the current situation and that “serious measures” have been taken in this regard. “I have launched extensive consultations with senior officials, political leaders, representatives of the people and international partners to reach a reasonable and final political solution,” Gani said. Gani also had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. On the other hand, reports from news sites based in Afghanistan that helicopters took off from the Presidential Palace to the US Embassy were interpreted as the evacuation of Ghani in case the city fell.
AMERICAN INFORMATION: KABUL AT 72 HOURS
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The US newspaper Washington Post, based on a Pentagon official earlier this week, wrote that the Biden administration acted on the assumption that Kabul would fall to the Taliban within 30 to 90 days. Now, according to the American channel CNN, this period has been reduced to 72 hours. When the United States decided to withdraw from Afghanistan, it calculated that if the Afghan administration could not stand it, Kabul would fall into the hands of the Taliban within 6 to 12 months.
THE WORST SCENARIO HAS BEEN REAL
Meanwhile, military experts said the United States predicted that the equipment left behind during the withdrawal could end up in the hands of the Taliban in the “worst case” and that is exactly what happened. . The US CNN team, which entered a US base in Ghazni, which was captured by the Taliban, and spoke to militants, confirmed this situation. In the video posted by CNN, activists drive US military trucks. It is believed that a significant amount of armored vehicles, small arms and ammunition fell into the hands of the organization.
TRUMP: HAVE I MISSED HE?
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Donald Trump, who put the rhetoric of “ending endless wars” on the American public’s agenda with his election campaign in 2016, and the architect of today’s withdrawal, criticized the attitude of the administration towards the progress of the Taliban. Claiming that what happened in Afghanistan was a “tragic mess” and complaining that the borders were completely unchecked, Trump asked, “Don’t you miss me yet? Biden, who recommended sending more troops to Afghanistan during the Obama era, chose to continue Trump’s policies after he was elected president.
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THE TAKE-UP OF THE LONGEST WAR IN THE USA
The results of the American military intervention in Afghanistan, which has lasted since 2001, are as follows:
American soldier killed: 2,448
Deceased U.S. entrepreneurs: 3,846
Afghan soldier or policeman killed: 66,000
Allied soldiers killed, including NATO: 1,144
Afghan civilians killed: 47,245
Taliban militiamen dead: 51,191
Humanitarian worker deceased: 444
Journalist deceased: 72
Cost: Iraq and Afghanistan approximately $ 2,000 billion.