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Veteran international correspondent John Simpson claimed in a column on the nationwide broadcaster’s web site the previous US President was accountable for the Taliban’s victory. He glossed over the truth that present President Joe Biden vowed to keep up Mr Trump’s stance to tug out all US forces – regardless of having the ability to overturn it.

As worldwide forces started withdrawing, the novel Islamist group made their “play for power” and swept apart inept Government forces in quite a few cities throughout the nation earlier than taking the capital Kabul this night.

While many have slammed the administrations of Mr Biden and Boris Johnson for not doing extra to assist the weak Afghan Government survive, Mr Simpson was unequivocal in who was finally accountable.

Writing on the BBC web site, he mentioned: “The governments of Afghanistan’s two post-Taliban presidents, Hamid Karzai and Ashraf Ghani, were democratically elected but never strong, and corruption was the system which worked best.

“Nevertheless President Ghani would still be in his palace and the army would be driving round in its expensive Western vehicles, if Donald Trump had not decided that he needed a foreign policy success before the 2020 election.

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During them, Mr Trump and the militants signed an “agreement for bringing peace” to Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict.

This involved the US and Nato allies withdrawing all troops within 14 months if the militants upheld their end of the deal.

Speaking at the time Mr Trump said it had been a “long and hard journey”, adding: “It’s time after all these years to bring our people back home.”

The settlement banned the Taliban from letting al-Qaeda or another extremist group working within the areas they management.

Talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban have been attributable to observe.

But sensing its weak spot, the militants opted to take the nation by pressure.

Since getting into Kabul earlier in the present day, US-backed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled – successfully ceding energy to the Taliban.

Meanwhile Western powers are scrambling planes and troops to get 1000’s of international nationals in a foreign country.

Thousands of Afghan nationals have additionally rushed to the Pakistan border in a bid to flee Islamist rule.

Commenting on the scenario, Mr Trump criticised his successor, saying: “What Joe Biden has carried out with Afghanistan is famous.

“It will go down as one of the greatest defeats in American history.”

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