Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan, told the Financial Times that former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to flee Afghanistan ruined a last-minute deal with the Taliban.
Under the deal, the Taliban would not have entered Kabul until they negotiated a political transition with Ghani. But by unexpectedly fleeing on August 15th, Ghani created a security vacuum that prompted the Taliban to march into the city.
“Even at the end, we had an agreement with the Talibs for [them] not to enter Kabul,” Khalilzad said. He told the Times that there was no inkling “at all” that Ghani would flee.
After Ghani fled, Khalilzad said there were “questions of law and order in Kabul,” and the Taliban asked if the US would take responsibility for the security of the city. “And then you know what happened, we weren’t going to take responsibility,” he said.
After he left Afghanistan, Ghani claimed he did so to prevent “further bloodshed.” But the Taliban had an interest in letting the US evacuation go as smoothly as possible, which they demonstrated by cooperating once they entered Kabul, so Khalilzad’s account is likely accurate.
7 thoughts on “Khalilzad: Ghani Fleeing Afghanistan Ruined Last-Minute Deal”
Ghani likely had an agreement of his own with the Taliban. People left to fight a losing battle do tend to cut and run. Reports indicate Ghani ordered the Special Forces not to resist.
Yes, all of our big three, Karzai, Khalilzad, & Ghani, were working both sides all along. All knew the whole enterprise was bullshit -with the very big exception of THE MONEY. It’s the height of hypocrisy for the others and our generals, ministers, politicians, and MSM to scapegoat him.
And the USA were what, poor innocent saps? 20 years of sappiness says that’s bull shit.
There you’ve said it! That is the tragedy! …the pathos of great American sap. The well-meaning, law abiding, hard-working, true believing, good-hearted John Doe; endlessly conned and abused by the two-bit wise-guy tin-pot peddling flag-waving fast talking hucksters.
The most precious treasure of the nation lied to, cheated, raped and discarded with no more fellow-feeling than a fence-post. And all for what? …a junk materialism and a barnyard culture, …a friend of Jeffrey Epstein.
All American installed Governments corrupt, whereas, almost All West European Countries’ Administrations, Institutions, especially, Media are Zionist Nazi Terrorist State of Israel’s Slaves. Moreover, War Industrial Complexes are Calling The Shots that Corrupt West can Never Confront.
Did the US have agreements with the Taliban ‘not to enter’ any other cities in Afghanistan? If they did, they certainly weren’t in force as the Taliban pretty well rolled into every major city before they rolled into Kabul.
Maybe there was a misunderstanding of that ‘deal’ Trump made and Biden thought he changed? The Taliban seemed to be acting like the USA was no longer there, after May 31st and it took them 3 months to take back their country.
Figures, especially when reflecting on the chaos arranged by his likely handlers (foreign, negative faction(s)) at the airport and the western media coverage and attempted negative storyline theirin.
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