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Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates: US going into Afghanistan ‘worst decision ever’, says Donald Trump

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  • 08:45 AM ISTAbdul Ghani Baradar: The political face of Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan 
  • 08:28 AM ISTUS going into Afghanistan ‘worst decision ever’, says Donald Trump
  • 08:04 AM ISTUS probing deaths at plane takeoff in Kabul
  • 07:50 AM ISTTaliban vows to provide safe passage to Kabul airport, Biden adviser says
  • 07:35 AM ISTUS intel agencies had warned of prospect of Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 8:53 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | YouTube says it does not allow Taliban-affiliated accountsYouTube has said that it has a long-held policy of not allowing accounts believed to be operated by the Taliban on its site, as social media companies faced questions about how they would handle the group that fast gained control of Afghanistan. The Taliban’s return to power for the first time in 20 years has raised fears of a crackdown on freedom of speech and human rights, especially women’s rights, and concerns that the country could again become a hotspot for global terrorism (Reuters)

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 08:45 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban leader freed from a Pakistani jail on the request of the US less than three years ago, has emerged as an “undisputed victor” of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, according to a British media report. While Haibatullah Akhundzada is the Taliban’s overall leader, Baradar is its political chief and its most public face.

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 08:36 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | US Vice President Kamala Harris on Twitter: We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago. Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.We went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago. Now, our mission is to get our people, our allies, and vulnerable Afghans to safety outside of the country.— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) 

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 08:28 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | US going into Middle East was ‘worst decision ever’, says Donald TrumpIn an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that’s just aired in the US, former president Donald Trump called the decision to go into Afghanistan the “worst decision in the history of our country”. “We’ve destroyed the Middle East… it cost us trilllions of dollars, millions of lives and it’s no different than it was – it’s much worse because you have to rebuild it, it’s been blown to pieces,” he said. “To get stuck in there was like quicksand.”

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 08:04 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | US probing deaths at plane takeoff in KabulThe US Air Force has said that its Office of Special Investigations is reviewing an incident at the Kabul airport on Monday in which multiple people were killed when hundreds of Afghan civilians desperate to leave the country swarmed a C-17 cargo plane as it was attempting to take off. The Air Force did not say how many people died. It said human remains were found in the plane’s wheel well after it landed at al-Udeid Air Base in the Gulf state of Qatar. Videos of the incident, including images of people falling from the aircraft as it took off, were widely viewed on social media. The images captured the initial chaos of a US-directed evacuation that followed the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The Air Force said the C-17 Globemaster III had landed at Kabul airport to deliver equipment for the evacuation effort. (PTI)
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  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 07:50 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | Taliban vows to provide safe passage to Kabul airport, Biden adviser saysThe Taliban has told the United States it will provide safe passage for civilians to reach the airport in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan has said. Sullivan has also told a White House news briefing that the United States believes the Kabul evacuation can go until August 31 and it is talking to the Taliban about the exact timetable. The United States and Western allies have been scrambling to evacuate diplomats and civilians after Taliban forces swept back into power, with thousands of Americans still in the country. (Reuters)

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 07:35 AM ISTAfghanistan-Taliban Crisis LIVE Updates | US intel agencies had warned of prospect of Taliban takeover of AfghanistanUS intelligence agencies had warned of the prospect of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and a rapid collapse of the Afghan military, raising questions as to why the Joe Biden administration seemed “ill-prepared to deal with the Taliban’s final push into Kabul”, according to a leading American daily. The New York Times said that according to classified assessments by American spy agencies over the summer, there was the grim prospect of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The assessment warned of the “rapid collapse of the Afghan military, even as President Biden and his advisers said publicly that was unlikely to happen as quickly.” (PTI)

  • AUGUST 18, 2021 / 07:34 AM ISTHello and welcome to Moneycontrol’s LIVE coverage of the Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis.The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war.Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for the latest updates through the day.

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