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Twenty years after their fall, the Taliban recaptured Kabul without a fight.

Jack Foloro

Released today at 5:36 am, updated at 6:07 am

Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban on Sunday, October 15, almost twenty years after it was expelled by Americans who wanted to punish them for harboring al-Qaeda. At the end of the day, the Islamist flag had not yet flown at the presidential palace, opposite the former CIA headquarters, but several rebel commanders had already posed and sat in the chair of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The man who left a message on Facebook and fled abroad in the morning: “The Taliban won.” In the evening, Mohammed Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political bureau in Doha, Qatar, made the announcement. “The war is over”.

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A few hours ago, when the Taliban took control of the capital, helicopters flew over the sky and evacuated Western embassies to Kabul airport. Their Russian, Pakistani, or Chinese counterparts, showing less fear, were covered in their sansari. The black smoke seen here and there was not a sign of war, but of tons of documents and archives that ministries, security services or Western ambassadors wanted to take away from the new masters of Afghanistan.

West Kabul, August 15, 2021 Welcomed by the Taliban crowd.

The explosions of some of the automatic weapons heard in the city added to a panic that was not helped by the monster traffic jams. The image of Saigon in Vietnam, emptied in a catastrophic disaster in 1975, has appeared in many minds. But Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzaqwal announced on Sunday that a deal was being negotiated in Doha, Qatar. “Peaceful transfer of power”.

Serious weakness of government and security forces

The capital, with a population of 6 million, will be protected from violent fighting that has affected other cities. Against all odds, she went with the ease of covering up the nature of the regime that had been held at arm’s length for twenty years by Washington. Between May and July, even if U.S. forces leave the country, it will collapse like ripe fruit. The serious weakness of the state and security forces appeared far removed from the overt and official US, Afghanistan or NATO texts.

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Now, the people of Afghanistan and the international community have been wondering about the future of a country led by a movement that describes itself as a religion above all, even though it has had a strong political culture since the lightning failure in 2001. The rebels wanted to amplify the words of promise and show a realistic face. If irregularities are reported from the domain, the direction of motion wants to control slippage. After the conquest of the cities, the first lines of rebellion withdrew in support of groups asking government and municipal employees to return to work.

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