Archiv: collapse of Afghan regime / defections / surender / handover to Taliban / takeover / Machtübernahme in Afghanistan August 2021


27.10.2021 - 07:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Evaluierung der Hilfsprojekte: Irritationen bei Afghanistan-Aufarbeitung

Im Sondierungspapier einer möglichen künftigen Regierungskoalition von SPD, Grünen und FDP ist bereits festgehalten: Ein Parlamentarischer Untersuchungsausschuss soll im Bundestag die Geschehnisse rund um die militärische Evakuierung in Kabul durchleuchten. Und eine sogenannte Enquete-Kommission soll ergänzend die deutsche Afghanistan-Politik unter die Lupe nehmen. Braucht es da, zusätzlich, noch eine teure Ausschreibung?

29.09.2021 - 08:57 [ Zachary Cohen, National security reporter @CNN / Twitter ]

Gen. McKenzie again says he is responsible for drone strike that killed 10 civilians but seems to defend decision to fire, citing similar intel for other successful strikes. Still a lot of questions about what transpired before strike, including civilian casualty estimates.

It happened in my area of responsibility, so I’m the responsible officer for that strike,” McKenzie said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

McKenzie said he was under “no pressure” and “no one in my chain of command below me was under any pressure to take that strike.”

29.09.2021 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from the Senate’s hearing on Afghanistan

Austin said military officials had discussed “a range of possibilities,” but no one planned for the possibility the Afghan government would collapse as quickly as it did.

“We certainly did not plan against a collapse of the government in 11 days,” Austin told lawmakers in response to a lawmaker question.

28.09.2021 - 20:13 [ C-SPAN / Youtube ]

Secretary of Defense & Joint Chiefs Chair and Others Testify on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley, and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, testify on the Afghanistan withdrawal.

14.09.2021 - 18:35 [ Axios.com ]

Top Democrat threatens to subpoena Biden officials as Blinken testifies on Afghanistan

The committee’s chair, the hawkish New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez, pulled no punches in his opening statement, threatening to subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and other Biden officials who decline to voluntarily appear before the committee.

„Mr. Secretary, the execution of the U.S. withdrawal was clearly and fatally flawed,“ Menendez told Blinken.

04.09.2021 - 18:48 [ France24 ]

Taliban celebratory gunfire turns deadly, Pakistan’s spy chief arrives in Afghanistan

Amid reports of intense fighting in the Panjshir, Pakistan’s powerful intelligence chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Saturday.

Hameed arrived in Kabul Saturday morning, leading a delegation of „senior Pakistani officials“, to discuss security, economic and trade issues, according to Pakistani media reports.

03.09.2021 - 13:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab will ‚investigate‘ claims that people were told to go to airport ahead of attack

(01.09.2021)

Chris Bryant then asks about reports that British officials told people to go to the airport on the very day of the terrorist attack.

Dominic Raab says the travel advice was changed the night before the attack, and people were told not to come to the airport. The team was shifted from the Barons Hotel through to the airport to protect them.

He says he saw the report and „I need to investigate it“, but doesn’t reject the possibility.

01.09.2021 - 10:00 [ Forbes ]

The War In Afghanistan Cost America $300 Million Per Day For 20 Years, With Big Bills Yet To Come

(16.08.2021)

Naturally, the United States has financed the Afghan war with borrowed money. Brown University researchers estimate that more than $500 billion in interest has already been paid (included in the $2.26 trillion total sum), and they figure that by 2050 the cost of interest alone on our Afghan war debt could reach $6.5 trillion. That amounts to $20,000 for each and every U.S. citizen.

29.08.2021 - 19:04 [ Al Jazeera ]

Erdogan says Turkey to maintain diplomatic presence in Kabul

The Turkish embassy in Kabul has returned to its building in the city and Ankara will maintain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

NATO countries have been pulling out their diplomatic missions in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s victory two weeks ago.

23.08.2021 - 22:31 [ Xinhuanet ]

Taliban appoints acting head for Afghan central bank: spokesman

The Taliban appointed Hajji Mohammad Idress as acting general director of the central bank „in efforts to align and arrange banking procedures and find a solution to people’s trade problem and difficulties,“ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on his social media account.

23.08.2021 - 11:13 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ein Toter in Kabul: Bundeswehr an Schusswechsel beteiligt

Nach Angaben der Bundeswehr kam es zu dem Schusswechsel gegen 04.15 Uhr (MESZ) am Nordtor des Airports. Das Tor ist jedoch geschlossen. Die deutsche Botschaft hatte erst kurz zuvor gewarnt, dass es an den Zugängen immer noch sehr häufig zu gefährlichen Situationen und bewaffneten Auseinandersetzungen komme.

23.08.2021 - 10:59 [ BBC ]

Afghan killed in Kabul airport gun battle

It’s not clear who started the fighting and German officials said the three Afghans were hurt by „unknown attackers“.

The Afghan forces are thought to be part of an army contingent who have been helping international forces, having refused to surrender to the Taliban.

23.08.2021 - 09:50 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Tropical Storm Henri and the Evacuation Operation in Afghanistan

Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. At my direction, the State Department continues to reach out to the remaining Americans we have identified by phone, e-mail, and other means to ascertain their whereabouts and their plans.

We’re executing a plan to move groups of these Americans to safety and to safely and effectively move them to the airport compound.

For security reasons, I’m not going to go into the detail of what these plans entail, but I will say again today that I have said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home.

We’ve also been evacuating the citizens of our NATO Allies and our partners, including their diplomats, their embassy staff who remain in Afghanistan and to get them back to their homes as well.

And as we do this, we’re also working to move our Afghan allies, who stood with us side by side, and other vulnerable Afghans such as women leaders and journalists, out of the country.

23.08.2021 - 09:26 [ Washington Post ]

Biden says safe zone around Kabul airport to expand, as Pentagon enlists commercial airlines to aid evacuations

In recent days, the Qatari ambassador to Afghanistan has escorted small groups of Americans into the airport, according to two people familiar with the effort who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. American citizens have been instructed to meet at rally points in the city, and the ambassador then accompanies them to guarantee safe passage, these people said. Qatar has served as an intermediary between the United States and the Taliban at several stages of the American withdrawal, sponsoring peace talks and serving as the first point of refuge for many evacuees.

22.08.2021 - 13:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Lage in Afghanistan: Mehrere Tote bei Massenpanik

Der Sender CNN berichtet von der Gefahr eines Anschlags der Terrorgruppe „Islamischer Staat“ und beruft sich dabei auf Quellen aus dem US-Verteidigungsministerium. Der Sprecher des Pentagons wollte bei einer Pressekonferenz dazu keine Details nennen. Die USA wollen eigentlich zum 31. August den Abzug ihrer Truppen abschließen. Daher drängt die Zeit: Die Luftbrücke könnte dann nicht mehr aufrechterhalten werden.

22.08.2021 - 13:36 [ New York Post ]

Fatal stampede reported amid Kabul airport mayhem

The US Embassy said on Saturday that American citizens in Afghanistan should stay away from Kabul’s airport, the only way out, “because of potential security threats outside the gates.”

The advisory directly contradicted President Biden’s insistence on Friday that Americans could proceed to the airport freely.

22.08.2021 - 13:33 [ theGeniusMedia.com.ng ]

#Afghanistan: Panic Rises As US Told Citizens To Stay Away From Kabul Airport Due To Possible Islamic State Attack

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that a security alert on Saturday told US citizens to stay away due to possible “security threats outside the gates”.

22.08.2021 - 13:26 [ Fox News ]

New ISIS threat in Afghanistan prompted US warning in Kabul: Defense officials

(21.08.2021)

A new threat from the Islamic State’s (ISIS) branch in Afghanistan prompted a new warning from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that urged Americans to not come to the besieged airport in Kabul, officials confirmed to Fox News on Saturday.

22.08.2021 - 13:18 [ New York Post ]

US Embassy in Afghanistan tells citizens to stay away from Kabul airport

(21.08.2021)

The development directly contradicts President Biden’s insistence Friday that Americans could proceed to the airport freely from the Afghan capital and that an “agreement” with the Taliban had been reached over the issue.

21.08.2021 - 14:51 [ Krystal Ball, Author of bestselling book: The Populist’s Guide to 2020 / Twitter ]

There are a million articles out right now with leaks from intel ghouls insisting that they tried to warn Biden that the Afghan Army would crumble immediately. This would suggest those articles should all be safely discarded as propaganda and bullshit.

21.08.2021 - 14:49 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. ]

Afghanistan: Horchposten

Auf einen „interessanten“ Nebenaspekt, worum es den US bei ihrem Afghanistan Einsatz auch gegangen zu sein scheint, weist der Hardliner John Bolton hin, die viele Jahre in führenden Positionen am Krieg mitgestrickt hatte.

21.08.2021 - 14:00 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The world’s dumbest fucking people (Media Matters liberals) are expressing bewilderment at my statement that CIA influences corporate media outlets like CNN (even though CNN employs former top CIA officials). If you don’t understand this basic fact about the US, you know nothing.

21.08.2021 - 13:42 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald talks to Tucker Carlson about the way the media and others have turned on Biden following the Afghanistan withdrawal

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

21.08.2021 - 12:34 [ Warren Gunnels, Majority Staff Director for Budget Chairman @SenSanders / Twitter ]

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and other defense contractors received $445.5 billion from the Pentagon this year alone. All of them have been convicted or reached settlements for misconduct. Fraud is the business model of the military industrial complex.

21.08.2021 - 12:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

21.08.2021 - 12:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Petraeus‘ bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

(2.9.2015)

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness

21.08.2021 - 11:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Petraeus zu afghanischer Armee: „Sie hatten plötzlich keine Rückendeckung mehr“

US-Präsident Biden und die Bundesregierung werfen der afghanischen Armee fehlenden Kampfwillen vor. Dem widerspricht im Interview mit STRG_F der ehemalige General und Ex-CIA-Chef Petraeus. Er verteidigt die afghanischen Soldaten.

21.08.2021 - 11:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

General David Petraeus tells Biden it was premature to leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda was always ‚going to come back‘ and the Afghan forces were ’not sustainable‘

– Petraeus commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped formulate ‚counterinsurgency‘ strategies
– He criticized Biden’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan in a New Yorker interview
– Disagreed with decision to pull out liaison, special forces trainers, contractors
– Said it began an epidemic of ’surrender‘ for the Afghans
– Called departure ‚premature‘ but didn’t say how much more time was needed
– Warned Al Qaeda could reemerge
– Acknowledged ‚overbuilt‘ nation-building aspects, but said it was necessary for a hand-off
– Biden said the U.S. could not fight when Afghans were unwilling to do so
– ‚To say that the Afghans won’t fight for their country needs an asterisk‘

21.08.2021 - 11:28 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Now, Justin Sink of Bloomberg.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You just said that you would keep a laser-focus on counterterrorism efforts and that you don’t see as great of a threat of terrorism from Afghanistan as other parts of the world. But if you and your administration so badly misassessed how quickly the Taliban would sweep through Afghanistan and we no longer have an embassy there from which to run intelligence operations, how can you at all be confident of your assessment of the risk of terrorism and the ability of the U.S. to conduct over-the-horizon missions to keep it in check? Can you tell Americans that they’re safe and will remain safe from terror attacks in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you’re comparing apples and oranges. One question was whether or not the Afghan forces we trained up would stay and fight in their own civil war they had going on.

No one — I shouldn’t say “no one” — the consensus was that it was highly unlikely that in 11 days they’d collapse and fall, and the leader of Afghanistan would flee the country.

20.08.2021 - 17:25 [ Newsweek ]

How to Watch Biden Speech Today: Time, Live Stream for President’s Afghanistan Address

The President is scheduled to speak to the nation at 1 p.m. ET from the East Room of the White House. His remarks will be broadcast live on television and online on C-Span, as well as on the White House’s YouTube channel.

20.08.2021 - 16:58 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab claims colleague couldn’t make Afghan call due to ‚deteriorating situation‘

He said: „The UK Government’s overriding priority has been to secure Kabul airport so that flights can leave.

„The call was delegated to a Minister of State because I was prioritising security and capacity at the airport on the direct advice of the Director and the Director General overseeing the crisis response.

„In any event, the Afghan Foreign Minister agreed to take the call, but was unable to because of the rapidly deteriorating situation.“

20.08.2021 - 16:31 [ inews.co.uk ]

Where was Dominic Raab? Accusations he was ‘too busy’ for Afghanistan call on Crete beach holiday, explained

It has been reported that help for interpreters who supported British troops was delayed because Mr Raab was “unavailable” to make a call to call Afghan foreign minister Hanif Atmar on Friday.

Mr Raab reportedly delegated the call to a junior minister.

20.08.2021 - 09:41 [ theHill.com ]

House Intel Committee to receive briefing on Afghanistan

The briefing, which is believed to be the first in-person meeting with lawmakers, comes as four separate congressional committees have pledged to conduct oversight efforts into the administration’s moves in withdrawing from Afghanistan.

20.08.2021 - 09:14 [ JM Rieger, Video Editor, The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley: “The intelligence clearly indicated that multiple scenarios were possible … there was nothing, that I or anyone else saw, that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.“

(18.08.2021)

20.08.2021 - 09:08 [ New York Post ]

‘Nothing I saw indicated a collapse of this government in 11 days’: Milley on Afghanistan

(18.08.2021)

“There was nothing that I saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days.”

His comments came just one day after sources told the New York Times that US intelligence officials had been warning of a quick Taliban takeover in Afghanistan — even as President Biden was publicly downplaying the threat.

20.08.2021 - 08:01 [ ZDF ]

Maas kritisiert BND-Einschätzungen zu Afghanistan

Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas (SPD) hat die Arbeit des Bundesnachrichtendienstes (BND) zu Afghanistan kritisiert. „Der BND hat offensichtlich eine falsche Lageeinschätzung vorgenommen, so wie andere Dienste auch“, sagte der Minister dem „Spiegel“ in einem am Freitag veröffentlichten Interview. Damit habe der Geheimdienst eine erhebliche Verantwortung für das außenpolitische Debakel rund um den Afghanistan-Einsatz.

20.08.2021 - 07:54 [ Zeit.de ]

Fehleinschätzung der Regierung – Kommt ein U-Ausschuss zu Afghanistan?

Politiker von Grünen, FDP und Linken behielten sich an diesem Donnerstag die Einsetzung eines solchen Gremiums im Bundestag nach der Wahl am 26. September vor.

Aus den Reihen der Linken und der AfD kamen Rücktrittsforderungen, vor allem an die Adresse von Außenminister Heiko Maas (SPD).

19.08.2021 - 18:45 [ RollCall.com ]

Taliban takeover seen narrowing prospects for 2001 AUMF update

And Biden’s Monday characterization of the terrorist threat has some analysts like Anderson wondering just how narrow an AUMF the administration would support, particularly if it’s one that that includes geographic limitations.

“Their logic, now the way they are describing counterterrorism operations, sounds like the last three presidential administrations who have said, ‘This is why we can’t take away the 2001 AUMF,’” said Anderson, a former attorney-adviser at the State Department.

19.08.2021 - 18:43 [ theHill.com ]

Billions in US weaponry seized by Taliban

Among the items seized by the Taliban are Black Hawk helicopters and A-29 Super Tucano attack aircraft.

Photos have also circulated of Taliban fighters clutching U.S.-made M4 carbines and M16 rifles instead of their iconic AK-47s. And the militants have been spotted with U.S. Humvees and mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles.

19.08.2021 - 18:25 [ Matt Karnitschnig / Twitter ]

German intelligence (BND) advised government last Friday that it was „unlikely“ the Taliban would take Kabul before September and that they had no interest in doing so, according to minutes of emergency meeting seen by Bild.

(18.08.2021)

19.08.2021 - 17:58 [ ZDF ]

Fehleinschätzung in Afghanistan – Auch nach BND-Befragung: Viele Fragen offen

Die zuständigen Behörden hätten deutlich gemacht, dass nach ihren Erkenntnissen die Entwicklungen vom Wochenende in Kabul und Afghanistan nicht absehbar waren, sagte der Vorsitzende des Parlamentarischen Kontrollgremiums, Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU), nach einer Sitzung des Gremiums mit der Befragung von BND-Präsident Bruno Kahl am Donnerstag in einer abgestimmten Erklärung.

Der Ausschuss, so ZDF-Korrespondentin Ines Trams, müsse aber noch herausfinden, warum die Geheimdienste die Lage so völlig falsch eingeschätzt hatten. Noch am vergangenen Freitag habe der BND in einem Lagebericht geschrieben, die Taliban hätten nicht vor, Kabul einzunehmen.

19.08.2021 - 11:21 [ Zeit.de ]

Deutscher Botschafter führt erste Gespräche mit Taliban

Maas zufolge versucht die Bundesregierung derzeit, auch über Drittstaaten wie Katar Einfluss auf die Taliban zu nehmen. Derzeit gebe es aber noch „keine belastbaren Sicherheitszusagen“, dass die Taliban afghanische Staatsangehörige frei zum Flughafen in Kabul passieren lassen, sagte Maas.

19.08.2021 - 10:16 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Seibert: „Kein Grund dazu“: Kubicki fordert Rücktritte nach Kabul

19.08.2021 - 10:08 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Aufarbeitung derzeit nicht erwünscht

Zu spät gehandelt, zu schlecht vorbereitet: In Afghanistan hat die Bundesregierung viele Fehler gemacht und zugegeben. Interesse an einer Aufarbeitung hat sie derzeit nicht.

19.08.2021 - 09:55 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Maas und das Afghanistan-Debakel: Der angezählte Minister

FDP-Vize Wolfgang Kubicki forderte den Rücktritt der Kanzlerin, der Bundesverteidigungsministerin und des Bundesaußenministers. „Sie haben das größte außenpolitische Desaster seit Bestehen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zu verantworten“, so Kubicki.

19.08.2021 - 09:47 [ Dietmar Neuerer / Twitter ]

#KrampKarrenbauer gibt #Maas und #Seehofer Schuld an #Afghanistan-Misere

19.08.2021 - 09:37 [ Welt / Twitter ]

Afghanistan: „Frau Merkel hat das getan, was sie am besten kann: nichts“

18.08.2021 - 18:43 [ HindustanTimes.com ]

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds talks with senior Taliban leader

A Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network militant group, Anas Haqqani, met for talks with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a Taliban official told Reuters on Wednesday. Karzai was accompanied by Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council.

18.08.2021 - 17:44 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani revealed to be in United Arab Emirates after fleeing ‘with helicopter full of cash’

A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, Nikita Ishchenko, was quoted as saying: “The collapse of the regime…is most eloquently characterised by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were filled with money, they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit.

Asked by the Associated Press about how he knew the details of Ghani’s departure, Mr Ishchenko said “well, we are working here,” without offering any more details.

18.08.2021 - 17:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

So much for ‚Taliban 2.0‘: Fighters shoot dead journalist as he raises Afghan flag in defiance at Jalalabad protest as Kabul ‚car thief‘ is tarred and locals claim woman was shot dead for not wearing a burqa in rural province

A journalist who raised the Afghan national flag in defiance at a protest in the northern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday was shot dead by the jihadists, according to local reports. Zahidullah Nazirzada had joined defiant crowds in raising the tricolour, now outlawed and replaced by the Taliban’s white banner.

Footage from Kabul showed a car thief on Tuesday with his face covered in tar, strapped up to the back of a truck and his hands tied behind his back as people gathered around to gawp. A traffic cop stood nearby apparently powerless.

A young woman was shot dead for allegedly refusing to wear a burqa by marauding jihadists when they captured the northern town of Taloqan in Takhar province last week, according to a post widely shared on social media.

18.08.2021 - 17:14 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Evakuierung in Afghanistan: Kabinett billigt Bundeswehreinsatz in Kabul

Das Kabinett hat das Mandat für den Evakuierungseinsatz der Bundeswehr auf den Weg gebracht – der Bundestag soll kommende Woche abstimmen.

18.08.2021 - 17:02 [ DutchNews.nl/ ]

First Dutch evacuated on rescue flights from Kabul

On Tuesday, Kaag told NOS broadcaster that although a Dutch military plane was able to land, the short turnaround time at the airport controlled by American troops meant that they were unable to board. ‘There was a half-hour slot to get people on the tarmac,’ she said. ‘Lots of people were there, and at the airport gates, with their families. I think it is awful.’ She had called for the 6,000 American troops, who have been sent back into Afghanistan after their withdrawal, to allow people more time for boarding.

18.08.2021 - 16:53 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Afghanistan ++ Niederländer verpassen Evakuierungsflug ++

Erneut chaotische Szenen am Flughafen Kabul: Mehrere niederländische Staatsangehörige wurden auf dem Weg zu ihrem Evakuierungsflug vom US-Militär aufgehalten. Hunderte Menschen harren weiter rund um den Airport Kabul aus.

18.08.2021 - 14:16 [ Alexander McCoy / Twitter ]

A great way for Senate Democrats who are very mad about Afghanistan to stick it to Joe Biden would be for them to repeal the 2001 AUMF!

18.08.2021 - 13:15 [ The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan. The House vote was 240 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

18.08.2021 - 11:40 [ Veterans for Peace ]

VFP Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Veterans For Peace has previously condemned the U.S. „forever wars“ against „terror“ and called for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in the world. We unequivocally believe that war is not the answer to any problem and that there is no military solution in Afghanistan.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was shameful and poorly executed. We have left too many behind. It was only after veteran and media outcry over leaving dedicated translators and their families, people who risked their lives for us that the U.S. decided, too late, to include them in our withdrawal. Many Afghans have been blocked by callus immigration policy and „Muslim Bans“ from seeking safety in the United States, from the destabilization in Afghanistan that the U.S. created. Caring for refugees and civilians fleeing from conflict is basic decency, and the United States fails to act with the urgency required to protect people. Casual disregard for Afghan lives continues on all levels.

18.08.2021 - 11:29 [ Council on Foreign Relations - cfr.org ]

Biden Was Right

The ineffectiveness and collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts to prop up the government in Kabul would ever enable it to stand on its own feet. The international community has spent nearly 20 years, many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars to do good by Afghanistan – taking down al-Qaeda; beating back the Taliban; supporting, advising, training, and equipping the Afghan military; bolstering governing institutions; and investing in the country’s civil society.

18.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Ambassador David Robinson (Ret.) / the Hill ]

Humiliating as it may be, leaving Afghanistan is still the right decision

Biden deserves credit for facing the facts and doing the right thing. His recent predecessors either were dissuaded from taking the same step by egregiously wrong military and foreign policy advice or else blanched at being labeled the president who lost a war. Biden will take the hit, but the simple truth is that we have not so much abandoned Afghanistan as Afghanistan has abandoned us, or more precisely, never joined us in the first place.

18.08.2021 - 10:26 [ Antiwar.com ]

Hurrah! Washington’s Pointless Sojourn in the Graveyard of Empires Is Finally Over

Then there was also the US intelligence agencies, which must have been channeling Hemingway’s very words. Just 4 days ago they estimated that Kabul could fall in 90 days and then suddenly revised the figure to 72 hours.

But nothing could top the blinky Washington careerist who now sits in the big chair at Foggy Bottom:

“If there is a significant deterioration in security … I don’t think it’s going to be something that happens from a Friday to a Monday.”

– Anthony Blinken, US secretary of state.

Alas, it surely did. And now the same medieval brutes who were originally recruited and trained by the CIA in the 1980s and who ruled Afghanistan with a bloody reign of terror from 1996-2001, in fact, were in the president’s office within hours of Ghani’s flight. Except during the interim, the Grim Reaper of War had racked-up a horrendous butchers bill …

18.08.2021 - 10:00 [ CNN ]

US nearing deal with Qatar to house thousands of Afghans who helped military, as situation worsens in Afghanistan

(14.08.2021)

The Biden administration has been considering using third countries to process the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and on Thursday the Pentagon announced it would send around 1,000 troops to Qatar in the coming days to facilitate the processing. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also spoke with his Qatari counterpart on Thursday and the State Department said he thanked Qatar for supporting „U.S. efforts to provide safety and security to Afghan nationals.“

18.08.2021 - 09:53 [ Times of India ]

Top Taliban leader leaves Qatar for Afghanistan

(17.08.2021)

A top Taliban official has met with a Qatari official before leaving the country for Afghanistan.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Tuesday.

18.08.2021 - 09:29 [ Al Jazeera ]

Transcript of Taliban’s first news conference in Kabul

“We have expelled the foreigners and I would like to congratulate the whole nation on this.

This is pride, not only for a limited number of people. This is a proud moment for the whole nation. This kind of pride is rare when it can be achieved. The whole nation, after the whole history of the nation and therefore, on the base of this I would like to congratulate the whole nation and I would like to welcome you.

Freedom and independence seeking is a legitimate right of every nation. The Afghans also use their legitimate right after 20 years of struggle for freedom and for emancipating the country from occupation, this was our right and we achieved this right.“

18.08.2021 - 09:18 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Machtübernahme in Afghanistan: Taliban verkünden Kriegsende und Amnestie

Frauen sollen arbeiten, sie seien Teil der Gesellschaft. Man werde allen verzeihen, „die gegen uns waren“, so die Taliban bei ihrem ersten offiziellen Auftritt. An den versöhnlichen Worten haben viele Menschen in Afghanistan Zweifel.

17.08.2021 - 18:38 [ DNA ]

Meet Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who may become next president of Afghanistan

Baradar, who was reported to have been one of Taliban founder Mullah Omar`s most trusted commanders, was captured in 2010 by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi and released in 2018 and was relocated to Qatar.

17.08.2021 - 18:14 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Kabul ist gefallen – aber geben Sie nicht Biden die Schuld

Viele der „Experten“, die mit dem Finger auf andere zeigen, sind selbst am meisten schuld. Politiker und Experten, die diesen Krieg zwei Jahrzehnte lang befürwortet haben, beeilen sich nun, Präsident Biden dafür verantwortlich zu machen, dass die USA endlich abziehen. Wo waren sie, als die nachfolgenden Präsidenten die Truppen aufstockten und die Mission in Afghanistan ausweiteten?

17.08.2021 - 15:00 [ associated press - apnews.com ]

Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban

(today)

The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces who failed to defend district centers. Bigger gains followed, including combat aircraft, when the Taliban rolled up provincial capitals and military bases with stunning speed, topped by capturing the biggest prize, Kabul, over the weekend.

A U.S. defense official on Monday confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous.

17.08.2021 - 14:54 [ TaskAndPurpose.com ]

The US still can’t effectively track weapons and vehicles given to Afghan security forces

(Jul 14, 2020)

In the meantime, a 2016 analysis found that the Pentagon funneled some 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the start of the Global War on Terror. It is not known how many of those ended up in local weapons armories — and how many have simply gone missing since.

17.08.2021 - 13:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

17.08.2021 - 11:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

Verbleib jeder dritter US-Waffe in Afghanistan rätselhaft

(12. Februar 2009)

Unsere Bundestagsabgeordneten sollten ihren Beschluss zum Afghanistaneinsatz auch unter diesen Aspekt noch einmal überprüfen und diesen endlich beenden, wenn sie ein Gewissen besitzen.

17.08.2021 - 11:31 [ CNN ]

Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing

(February 12, 2009)

The U.S. military failed to „maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — or about 36 percent — of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008,“ a U.S. Government Accountability Office report states. (…)

The military also failed to properly account for an additional 135,000 weapons it obtained for the Afghan forces from 21 other countries. (…)

The military is unable to provide serial numbers for 46,000 of the missing 87,000 weapons, the report concludes. No records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the other 41,000 weapons.

17.08.2021 - 10:04 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanistan: Kriegstagebuch eines Bundeswehr-Offiziers

(4.August 2012)

Vorbemerkung der Redaktion: Dieser Artikel wurde bereits am 28. Februar 2007 von Radio Utopie veröffentlicht. Leider verschwand dieser irgendwann aus unserer Datenbank. Wir veröffentlichen diesen somit erneut im Original, mit dem damaligen Vorwort.

(…)

„Es scheint mir ohnehin eine ganz wesentliche Frage zu sein wie man sich am besten, ohne Gesichtsverlust, aus dem Land verabschieden kann. Natürlich werden wir weiterhin die ANA, also die neue Afghanische Armee und die Afghanische Polizei aufbauen, bis dann am Ende insgesamt über hunderttausend ausgebildete Uniformierte dastehen. Übrigens unter Federführung der Amerikaner.

Aber wer glaube daran, dass diese Kräfte sich so verhalten werden wie wir uns das wünschen? Schon heute ist allerorten zu sehen wie die Straßenpolizeikräfte willkürlich abkassieren und die haben eine westliche Ausbildung genossen.“

17.08.2021 - 09:51 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Machtwechsel in Afghanistan: „Totalversagen der Bundesregierung“

Ruttig: Man hat von Anfang an auf einen verengten und falschen Kreis von Leuten gesetzt, und damit meine ich nicht in erster Linie die Präsidenten und ihre Kabinette und Berater. Sondern ich meine die Warlords, auf die man als Hauptkraft im Kampf gegen die Taliban gesetzt hat. Man hat ihnen dafür große Teile des politischen Systems überlassen und die Augen vor ihrer Korruption, Verwicklung in den Drogenhandel, Kriegsverbrechen und schlimmsten Menschenrechtsverletzungen verschlossen. Das hat das untergraben, was eine entstehende afghanische Demokratie hätte sein können.

17.08.2021 - 09:10 [ Ramona Lenz / Twitter ]

Es ist zum Schreien: Unser Partner aus #Kabul, der vor ca 60 Minuten sicher mit dem #A400M in #Taschkent gelandet ist, bestätigt: Es waren max 10 Leute an Bord! WEIL DIE ANDEREN AM FLUGHAFEN NICHT AUF DER LISTE STANDEN!? Nicht Euer Ernst, @BMVg_Bundeswehr @AuswaertigesAmt !?!?!?

(vor 7 Stunden)

17.08.2021 - 09:00 [ New Day / Twitter ]

CNN’s @clarissaward reports on what Afghanistan looks like as the Taliban take over.

17.08.2021 - 08:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Pentagon spokesman insists the Kabul airport chaos was NOT a failure – after US used helicopters to herd away Afghans and stowaways fell to their deaths off planes

– Pentagon spokesman John Kirby insisted Monday that the Kabul airport chaos earlier in the day did not constitute a failure
– American troops killed two armed Afghan nationals on the airfield who had stormed to try to get on planes
– Three fell to their deaths after climbing onto the fuselage of a C-17 jet in the desperate hope of holding on as the plane took off
– The bloodied bodies of another three Afghan nationals were left on the runway after the plane took off

17.08.2021 - 08:42 [ eastidahonews.com ]

Afghans fall from US Military planes after clinging to aircrafts taking off, 7 killed in airport chaos

In another video, hundreds of people could be seen running alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moved down a runway. Some clung to the side of the jet just before takeoff. Another video showed several falling through the air as the airplane rapidly gained altitude over the city.

Senior military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing operation, told The Associated Press that the chaos left seven dead, including several who fell from the flight.

17.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Washington Examiner / Twitter ]

Reporters peppered Defense Department officials with questions at a briefing following President Joe Biden’s address to the nation. „How do you determine where the responsibility lies for this failure?“

16.08.2021 - 21:15 [ Oybek Shaykhov / Twitter ]

An Afghan military plane that tied to cross Uzbekistan’s airspace last night was shot down by Uzbek air defense system.

The Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan confirmed this to the local media.

16.08.2021 - 19:25 [ Common Dreams ]

There ‚Will Never Be‘ a US Military Solution in Afghanistan: Rep. Barbara Lee

The California Democrat was the only member of Congress to vote against the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
16.08.2021 - 17:13 [ Xinhuanet ]

UK forces going back to Afghanistan „not on the cards“: defense secretary

Asked by Sky News if Britain and NATO forces would return to Afghanistan, Wallace said: „That’s not on the cards that we’re going to go back.“

16.08.2021 - 16:27 [ Jennifer Hansler, covering the State Department for @CNN / Twitter ]

US military flights have resumed at the Kabul airport for now, a US defense official tells @barbarastarrcnn

16.08.2021 - 15:52 [ France24 ]

Russian ambassador to meet Taliban in Kabul Tuesday

Russia said its ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on August 17 and that it will decide on whether to recognise the new government based on its conduct.

16.08.2021 - 15:36 [ Express.co.uk ]

Afghanistan LIVE: UK and US evacuation suspended – runway not secure after airport breach

The British government vowed to evacuate hundreds of Britons and eligible Afghan nationals but their efforts have been suspended due to crowds of people invading the runway.

16.08.2021 - 15:33 [ ]

Diesmal die Generäle zur Rechenschaft ziehen

Der Druck, der auf Obama lastete, war so deutlich, dass ich, als er seine Entscheidung, die Truppen in Afghanistan aufzustocken, bekannt gab, schrieb: „Willkommen in Vietnam, Mr. President“.

16.08.2021 - 15:14 [ Fasil M / Twitter ]

All news outlets is telling us that the airport is secured by US 4000 troops. Where are they?

16.08.2021 - 15:02 [ Björn Müller, editor for ´loyal´ @DieReserve as well @NDRinfo @tazgezwitscher @faznet @n_ost @esutde @bpb_de / Twitter ]

#Bundeswehr EvacOp #Afghanistan #Kabul: Undankbare Aufgabe für die Kräfte der DSK/Luftlandebrigade1 (wohl verstärkte Kompanie von circa 200 Fallschirmjägern): – Perimeter um 2 A400M sichern – Zügige Aufnahme durchführen – Stürmung der Maschinen verhindern

16.08.2021 - 14:46 [ Joyce Karam, Joyce Karam ]

Scenes of absolute desperation in #Kabul airport today: Afghan civilians chase & cling to US C-17 plane in last attempt to flee Afghanistan. At least one body fell from aircraft wing, after a stampede by runway. Very dark moment for country:

16.08.2021 - 13:40 [ Matti Meta / Twitter ]

A German Defense Ministry spokesperson on its responsibility to get local Afghan support staff and translators out of the country: „It’s not like we forced them to cooperate with us.“ Utter moral depravity.

16.08.2021 - 12:00 [ @paykhar / Twitter ]

Three cars LOADED with bags of $$$ have been found left behind in #Kabul as president #AshrafGhani escaped the country.

(15.08.2021)

Join @awsanzar & me in 30 minutes from now for another #afghaneyelive where we will cover developing situation in #Afghanistan

16.08.2021 - 10:59 [ Husain Haqqani / Twitter ]

According to this report, Taliban bought out local Afghan army commanders. Where did the massive cash come from & how did U.S. intel miss info about its flows?

16.08.2021 - 10:50 [ Washington Post ]

Afghanistan’s military collapse: Illicit deals and mass desertions

(15.08.2021)

The deals, initially offered early last year, were often described by Afghan officials as cease-fires, but Taliban leaders were in fact offering money in exchange for government forces to hand over their weapons, according to an Afghan officer and a U.S. official.

Over the next year and a half, the meetings advanced to the district level and then rapidly on to provincial capitals, culminating in a breathtaking series of negotiated surrenders by government forces, according to interviews with more than a dozen Afghan officers, police, special operations troops and other soldiers.

16.08.2021 - 10:31 [ Afghan War Raw Footage / Twitter ]

I’ll say it again, there is too much misinformation about #Afganistan right now Follow @paykhar on @AfgEye for clarity, daily livestreams on the ongoing crisis

(14.08.2021)

16.08.2021 - 10:15 [ ORF ]

UNO-Sicherheitsrat tagt zu Lage in Afghanistan

UNO-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres wird bei der Sitzung des Gremiums sprechen, wie die Vereinten UNO-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres wird bei der Sitzung des Gremiums sprechen, wie die Vereinten Nationen mitteilten. Laut Agenda soll die Sitzung um 10.00 Uhr (Ortszeit) beginnen.

16.08.2021 - 09:42 [ Al Jazeera ]

Taliban says Afghanistan war over as president flees: Live

A spokesman for Taliban’s political office told Al Jazeera the group did not want to live in isolation and said the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan would be made clear soon.

Mohammad Naeem also called for peaceful international relations.

“Thanks to God, the war is over in the country,” he said.

16.08.2021 - 09:25 [ Fox News ]

Intelligence agencies‘ credibility in question amid Taliban takeover

Aug. 16, 2021 – 5:36 – Rep. Mike Waltz R-Fla., tells ‚The Next Revolution‘ that ‚the intelligence has been crystal clear‘

16.08.2021 - 09:16 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Exclusive: Taliban enters Afghan presidential palace | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Taliban fighters have entered Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

15.08.2021 - 20:46 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen calls the BBC – interview in full

Suhail Shaheen called the BBC’s Yalda Hakim, live on air.

In the wide-ranging interview, she pressed him on the Taliban’s plans for the country amid concern the militants will impose strict interpretations of Sharia law, including corporal punishments and a ban on girls going to school.

15.08.2021 - 20:41 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Taliban-Vormarsch ++ Evakuierung von Deutschen beginnt heute ++

Nach Schüssen am Internationalen Flughafen von Kabul ist der kommerzielle Luftverkehr dort offenbar eingestellt worden. Das meldet die Nachrichtenagentur AP unter Berufung auf US-Militärkreise. Nach wie vor werden demnach aber Menschen mit Militärmaschinen in Sicherheit gebracht.

15.08.2021 - 20:30 [ Thomas Langkabel (he/him) / Twitter ]

Am Rande: was macht der Bundesnachrichtendienst eigentlich beruflich?

15.08.2021 - 20:20 [ Disclose.tv / Twitter ]

JUST IN – U.S. Embassy in #Kabul issues security alert: „Reports of the airport taking fire. Shelter in place. Do not come to the Embassy or airport at this time.“

15.08.2021 - 19:58 [ BBC ]

Live: Taliban enter Kabul as Afghan government collapses

– A Taliban spokesman says their fighters have been ordered to enter the city to prevent looting
– Reports from Kabul say the Taliban have seized the presidential palace
– Earlier they were told to refrain from violence and allow safe passage for anyone wanting to leave
– Eyewitnesses say the militants met little resistance along the way to the capital

15.08.2021 - 19:50 [ Washington Post ]

Afghan president flees country after Taliban enters Kabul, a sign the government has collapsed

In a sign that the government had collapsed, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation, confirmed in a video shared online.

15.08.2021 - 19:47 [ Fahim Abed / Twitter ]

Mazar-e-Sharif collapsed to the Taliban, fighters leaded by Atta Mohammad Noor and General Dostum fled to Hayratan Border Pass with Uzbekistan. The picture shows the bridge on the river in the crossing point.

15.08.2021 - 19:40 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Afghanistan: Taliban capture Mazar-e-Sharif, government’s last northern stronghold

The fall of Mazar-e-Sharif, the country’s fourth-largest city, which Afghan forces and two powerful former warlords had pledged to defend, hands the insurgents control over all of northern Afghanistan, confining the Western-backed government to the centre and east.

15.08.2021 - 12:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Escape from Kabul: Diplomats flee US Embassy in Chinook helicopters as Taliban fighters storm Afghan capital – in stark echoes of the Fall of Saigon

– Helicopter – believed to be US Air Force Chinook – seen flying over Kabul today from the US Embassy in Kabul
– It comes as Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital with shots heard on outskirts before fighters stormed city
– Around 3,000 US troops have been sent into city to aid with US evacuation, while British troops also deployed
– It is believed around 500 British staff needed to be evacuated and by Saturday the number was in ‚the tens‘

15.08.2021 - 12:26 [ NPR.org ]

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul As Helicopters Land At U.S. Embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday and said they were awaiting a „peaceful transfer“ of the city after promising not to take it by force, but panicked residents raced to the leave, with workers fleeing government offices and helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy.

15.08.2021 - 11:40 [ ORF.at ]

Taliban rücken in Kabul ein

Die Islamisten stießen von allen Seiten vor, teilte das Ministerium am Sonntag mit. Die Taliban sind nach eigenen Angaben noch nicht in die Stadt eingedrungen. Vielmehr verhandle man mit der afghanischen Regierung über eine friedliche Übergabe der Hauptstadt Kabul.

14.08.2021 - 15:07 [ Hindustan Times ]

Taliban seizes Logar province near Kabul, launch attack on Mazar-e-Sharif

(today)

The Taliban seized a province just south of Afghanistan’s capital and launched a multi-pronged assault early Saturday on a major city in the north defended by powerful former warlords, Afghan officials said.

The insurgents have captured much of northern, western, and southern Afghanistan in a breakneck offensive less than three weeks before the United States is set to withdraw its last troops,

14.08.2021 - 15:05 [ Indian Express ]

India pulls out of Mazar-e-Sharif, tells nationals to leave Afghanistan

(11.08.2021)

The evacuation from Mazar-e-Sharif, the bustling city in the north which is situated close to the border with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, comes after Indian diplomats and staff left the Kandahar consulate last month.

14.08.2021 - 15:04 [ Hadees Pardes / Twitter ]

President Ghani arrived in #MazareSharifcity, Balkh province, this morning where he will meet officials to discuss the security situation in the north, an official said. #Afghanistan

(11.08.2021)

14.08.2021 - 15:03 [ lokmat.com ]

Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum leaves for Mazar-e-Sharif

(11.08.2021)

Marshal (Afghan National Army) Abdul Rashid Dostum on Tuesday left Kabul for Mazar-e-Sharif after the fall of the eighth province Baghlan to the Taliban. Ehsan Nairo, Dostum´s spokesman, confirmed the news and said that the trip to Mazar-e-Sharif was coordinated with the help of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

14.08.2021 - 09:37 [ USA Today ]

Reports: US Embassy in Kabul directs staff to destroy sensitive documents as many diplomats prepare for evacuation

The memo to U.S. Embassy staff urged diplomats to destroy computers and other sensitive documents before they leave, as well as items featuring the American flag, embassy logos and other articles that „could be misused in propaganda efforts,“ according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson said the notice was part of its „standard operating procedure“ for embassy drawdowns.

14.08.2021 - 09:17 [ theHill,com ]

US pushing to relocate thousands of Afghans in Qatar: report

“We are evaluating all available options. We have no announcements to make on third country relocation sites for Afghan SIV applicants,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement, referring to special immigrant visas.

The Biden administration said Thursday there would be 1,000 U.S. troops going to Qatar to help process applications from Afghans already in the country. The Afghans are seeking visas to the U.S. for assisting the U.S. during the war.

14.08.2021 - 08:53 [ Pentagon - Defense.gov ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing on Afghanistan

MR. KIRBY: What I’d say, Mike — what I’d say to that, Mike, is what I’ve been saying for the last few days, that the Afghan forces have advantages, they have capability to protect their territory and their people, they have the capacity to do that.

What — what I think the Afghan people want to see and what they deserve to see is the leadership and the will to use those advantages to their benefit.

Thanks, everybody, going to have to go now.

(CROSSTALK)

Q: … can you clarify the numbers one more time, so I have no mistakes? 3,000 going into the airport, 1,000 first going to Qatar and then to Afghanistan to help with SIVs, or staying in Qatar?

MR. KIRBY: No — no, I said the — the 1,000 enablers will go to Qatar for right now. I can’t predict whether there’ll be onward movement from there. Right now, they’re going to Qatar …

Q: And the 3,500 …

MR. KIRBY: … again, for helping process, and then 3,000 to the airport in the next few days and then there’ll be a reserve force out of Bragg that will — that will stage out of Kuwait, and that’s roughly 3,500 to 4,000.

Q: And all of that’s in addition to the 650 who are there …

MR. KIRBY: That is correct.

14.08.2021 - 08:44 [ Washington Post ]

Mass Afghan government surrenders as Taliban fighters overrun three key cities in sweeping territorial gains

(13.08.2021)

In the western city of Herat, an entire Afghan army corps crumbled, with hundreds of troops handing over their weapons to the Taliban and others fleeing, according to local officials. The surrender deal was brokered, they said, by a group of Taliban leaders who met with Afghan government and security forces at the military base where they were holed up after the city was overrun Thursday.

14.08.2021 - 08:39 [ New York Times ]

A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

(May 27, 2021
Updated July 7, 2021)

Since May 1, at least 26 outposts and bases in just four provinces — Laghman, Baghlan, Wardak and Ghazni — have surrendered after such negotiations, according to village elders and government officials.

13.08.2021 - 21:18 [ David Drolet / Twitter ]

„For decades, Pakistan has served as a sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban, who have often crossed the countries’ rugged, 1,660-mile border with ease, and has acknowledged that Taliban maintain homes and families in Pakistan, away from the battlefields.1/2

„Former Pakistan officials are publicly cheering for Taliban.
But a collapse in Afghanistan would carry risks for Pakistan, too, including a possible wave of refugees, and a boost to jihadist movements that target Pakistan’s government for attack.“ 2/2

13.08.2021 - 21:01 [ Economic Times / Indiatimes.com ]

Pakistan NSA, ISI chief likely to visit America next week for talks on Afghanistan, says report

(24.08.2021)

Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf and ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed are likely to visit the US next week for talks with their American counterparts on the situation in Afghanistan as part of Washington’s diplomatic efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful transfer of power in the war-torn nation, according to a media report.

13.08.2021 - 20:45 [ Wikipedia ]

Inter-Services Intelligence activities in Afghanistan

The Taliban were largely founded by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry under Naseerullah Babar and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1994.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32] In 1999, Naseerullah Babar who was the minister of the interior under Bhutto during the Taliban’s ascent to power admitted, „we created the Taliban“.[33]

William Maley, Professor at the Australian National University and Director of the Asia-Pacific College, writes on the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan:

„In 1994, with the failure of [Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s alliance] attempt to oust [the Afghan] Rabbani [administration], Pakistan found itself in an awkward position. Hekmatyar had proved incapable of seizing and controlling defended territory: in this respect he was a bitter disappointment to his patrons. … In October 1994, [Pakistani interior minister] Babar [took] a group of Western ambassadors (including the US Ambassador to Pakistan John C. Monjo) to Kandahar, without even bothering to inform the Kabul government, even though it manned an embassy in Islamabad. … On 29 October 1994, a convoy of trucks, including a notorious ISI officer, Sultan Amir … and two figures who were later to become prominent Taliban leaders, entered Afghanistan.“[22]