The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including ‘summary executions’ of civilians and Afghan security forces who have surrendered.
After the US-backed Afghan government collapsed to the Taliban on Sunday, President Biden and numerous top administration officials openly blamed the Trump administration for the crisis.
"This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history," Biden said in a televised address from the White House, highlighting the dangerous elements of coordinating a mass evacuation while being surrounded by Taliban forces, who took over Kabul on Sunday.
Obama set five Taliban fighters free, now one of them is calling the shots in Afghanistan. If Obama and Biden had left the five Taliban thugs to rot in Cuba, Kabul may not be back in the clutches of the Taliban right now. And maybe Americans wouldn’t have sacrificed more than 2,400 troops and $1 trillion in vain.
The chaotic scenes from Afghanistan have shattered President Biden’s carefully constructed image of a leader in charge and experienced in foreign affairs. Presidencies often get derailed by events not of their making, but Biden owns his wilful refusal to heed warnings from the CIA and Joint Chiefs on what would happen with a precipitous withdrawal. Should Taiwan be worried?
The Taliban has long garnered strong support from rural Afghanistan, which has become poorer during the last 20 years of the US presence, while the central government has held urban areas, which have received more aid from Kabul compared to rural regions located in unhospitable mountainous terrains. This has contributed to the Taliban support.