The Spreading Fear Of The Taliban
Two decades ago the American military overturned the Taliban’s newly seized control of Afghanistan, now exactly twenty years and one day later they have gained back control. Despite them saying they will do no harm to any of the people. The Taliban is known as a brutal terrorist organization.
Hundreds of videos have been surfacing, showing the brutality of this terrorist group. Many native people have been trying to get to Kabul’s international airport, which is serving as the last glimmer of hope for many Afghans.
Some officials unlike the people, are glad even happy about this situation. The head of the Afghan Presidential Security Guard said, “I say welcome to them, and I congratulate them.”
Other Afghan officials were filmed transferring their power to the new forceful Taliban leaders. Afghan’s former President Hamid Karzai had said he created a council with other fellow political leaders to help coordinate a peaceful transition to power for the Taliban. Hamid Karzai also said that he asked the head of the Presidential Security Guard to remain at the palace to make sure it was not looted.
Other cities that already fell to the Taliban offer a grim view of the future. In the Taliban controlled city of Kunduz, they are setting up checkpoints and are going door to door searching for absent civil employees. They are warning that if any of them do not return to work they will be punished.
Citizens of Kabul are saying that the Taliban has already took possession of certain official’s homes, including taking their cars. Because of the speed of the Taliban take over, many people are shocked, and now will have to live in total obedience and seclusion.
Certain police officers were taken to “prison” by the new regime, others were trying to flee and changing into civilian clothes.
One of the members of the Taliban’s negotiating team told the BBC that, “there will be no revenge” and that, “We assure the people in Afghanistan, particularly in the city of Kabul, that their properties, their lives are safe.”
To further the publics concern and hysteria, Taliban fighters opened fire on a crowd after Afghan flags were seen waving.
A public display of dissent in the northeastern city of Jalalabad was met by an overwhelming use of force. Taliban soldiers fired into the crowd and beat protesters and journalists.The New York Times
Afghans demonstrate in Jalalabad in support of keeping Afghan flag (instead of white Taliban flag). Local media report Taliban fires on them, killing 2 and injured others.Richard Engel
Guns Over Peace
The Taliban wanting to be its own recognized government, took over Afghanistan’s presidential palace. Where current President Ashraf Ghani had signed peace deals, is now looking like the opposite. Instead of the President sitting behind his polished wood desk, the Taliban with their guns strutted around.
The head of the Presidential Security Guard, Muhammadullah Amin said, “In the beginning here, during the day, the situation was not good. Everybody was frightened that, God forbid, something would happen here. Most of the officials left. I myself left.”
The palace has a bad rap for people being murdered in it. In 1978, separatist troops murdered President Mohammad Daud during a day long siege. The following year President Voor Mohammed Taraki was fatally shot in the Palace. Finally, his successor, President Hafizullah Amin was killed by Soviet troops when they invaded Afghanistan.
Biden Is Not Ashamed Of His Decision
President Biden admittedly agrees that what he did was right, despite many critics. In contrast to the Taliban, he addressed America from the ornate East Room in the White House. Biden said, “The choice I had to make as your president was either to follow through on the agreement to draw down our forces, or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat and lurching into the third decade of conflict.”
After saying this he went straight back to Camp David, despite the global affair. Before he went, Biden said that this decision was “hard and messy.” Some reporters have drawn similarities to America’s retreat from Saigon in the Vietnam War.
Joe Biden said, “No whatsoever, zero.” Referring to if there were any Kabul, Saigon similarities. He also went on to blame Afghan leaders for the fall of Kabul, “Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country. If anything, the developments of the past week reinforce that ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision.”
The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate. The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with air power, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.
In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal decision, the U.S. pulled its air support, intelligence and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters. That meant the Afghan military simply couldn’t operate anymore. The same happened with another failed American effort, the South Vietnamese army in the 1970s, said retired Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition’s mission to train Afghan forces in 2011-2013.The Wall Street Journal
After that he put the blame on his predecessor, Donald Trump.
When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on US forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew US forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500. Therefore, when I became President, I faced a choice—follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our forces and our allies’ forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict.Joe Biden
Fearing For Their Lives, Afghans Storm Airport
On Monday, hundreds of Afghans broke through security fences to get to planes taking off on the tarmac. Citizens charged past armed soldiers in a futile attempt to escape Kabul.
As aircraft taxied down the runway, some people held on to the sides of planes. After the incident U.S. officials said that some of the Afghans were killed. One of the cargo jets is currently restricted from use for inspections, after human remains were found in the wheel well. In various videos people are seen falling off in the distance to their deaths.
John Kirby the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said, “All the images coming out are of concern and troubling.” He went on to say that one American military personnel was injured in the chaos.
Afghan Military Pilots Flee The Taliban
To further fearful stories from the skies, the U.S. supplied Afghan Air Force fled to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They did this as a final act of surrender. One of the planes was shot down over Uzbekistan, both pilots parachuted and survived. They were shot down because of mistaken intent.
According to pictures of wreckage, the plane appears to be a Super Tucano, which is a Brazilian made turbo-prop light attack aircraft. This was provided to Afghan by the U.S.A. according to Paul Hayens, director of a U.K. Aviation Safety Consultant. Media from Uzbek shows one of the pilots laying on the ground receiving medical care.
Tajikistan said they received three planes and two helicopters after getting their distress signals.
Afghan Diplomats And President Flees Country-Left Behind Thousands Of Weapons
Afghan’s own President Ashraf Ghani fled the country in a private helicopter, not thinking once about his own people. As well as the president, many of the countries well off diplomats, also fled to safer nations.
It is rumored that President Ghani fled to Tajikistan, but this has not yet been confirmed. Thousands upon thousands of Afghan natives are stuck in the now terrorist city of Kabul. New information shows some of Taliban’s warriors are not letting people cross to the last non-terror occupied site-Hamid Karzai International Airport which is still protected by global forces.
Before deserting any military possessions, common practice is to destroy any weapons that can not be taken with. This is to prevent the enemy from being strengthened in times of hostility. New unsettling footage shows that out of complete stupidity, America and Afghan left behind hundreds of thousands of pounds of weapons that were not destroyed.
According to The New York Times the Taliban have acquired “hundreds of Humvees and pickup trucks they captured along with countless caches of weapons and ammunition,” On Tuesday the White House’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that there was “a fair amount” of billions of American supplied weaponry that had “fallen into the hands of the Taliban.” He went on to say, “And obviously, we don’t have a sense that they are going to readily hand it over to us at the airport.”
An AFP report from a terrorist expert further explains what the seizure of the weapons will do.
The weapons will not only help the Taliban’s march on Kabul but “strengthen its authority” With US troops all but gone, the Taliban now find themselves flush with American-supplied tools, without having to raise a single penny.
It is incredibly serious. It is clearly going to be a massive boon to them. Some of that weaponry is now being brazenly paraded ahead of the US troops’ 9/11 withdrawal deadline by insurgents who have maintained ties with Al Qaeda, the group behind the 2001 terror attacks.AFP
How Did Afghanistan Fall So Quickly?
After more than 6,000 American soldiers lost their lives fighting a two decade war it looks as if our efforts were futile. More than $12 Trillion was spent on the longest war the U.S.A. has ever took part in.
Hardly anyone expected a seizure of state and power to happen this quickly. Sadly, little resistance from Afghanistan’s army was put into the fight. Over the whole period of this war American tax payers have funded $89 Billion to the Afghan National Army. One former U.S. Marine and intelligence officer, told CNBC, “While the end result and bloodletting once we left was never in doubt, the speed of collapse is unreal.” Moreover, Michael Zacchea, a retired marine said, “Why were the Taliban able to so quickly take over? This is a masterpiece, frankly, operationally. Why were they able to take the country faster than we did in 2001?”” Reports CNBC.
The speed that the Taliban took control of Afghanistan is linked to a major failure in U.S. military intelligence. Bill Roggio a member of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said on CNBC’s Squawk Box Asia, “This is an intelligence failure of the highest order,” He also said this is the “biggest intelligence failure” since the Tet offensive in the Vietnam War. To sum up what Roggio said, the Taliban has been preparing for a situation like this since the start of May, to be their “final assault.”
When the Taliban’s soldiers started to gain ground in Afghanistan many of the ground forces simply gave up, doubting that the city of Kabul would support them.
Jack Watling a research person for land warfare and military science at the Royal Untied Services Institute in London said, “The Taliban would infiltrate urban areas, assassinating key people like pilots, threatening the families of commanders, saying if you capitulate, you’ll save your family. A lot of people, because they lacked confidence that Kabul would be able to save them, capitulated. So there was very little fighting, which is why it suddenly happened so fast.” He finishes by saying “The speed is not a reflection of military capability, it is a reflection of a collapse in will to fight.”
Furthermore, Stephen Biddle a Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University said, “When the U.S. announced a total withdrawal, that sent a signal to Afghan soldiers and police that the end was near, and converted chronically poor motivation into acute collapse as nobody wanted to be the last man standing after the others gave up.”
Some people are saying that it was not Americas fault that Kabul fell so quickly. They say that the Taliban surrounded the capital of Kabul and cut off essential supply lines. One other surprising thing is that they used social media to its full potential.
Kirsten Fontenrose, Director of Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council said, “They use social media as lethally as they do sniper rifles. They’ve used coercion to pressure local tribal leaders, they’ve used pretty simple but effective text message campaigns to threaten local Afghans working with the U.S. and with other foreign efforts.”
Many of Afghan’s soldiers are not treated well at all . They are not fed well, paid really at all and rarely get to go back to their homes. The combination of these things has resulted in the deaths of forty soldiers per day on average. Many of these soldiers are willing to sell the Taliban their gear for money.
When America started fighting we thought they wanted what we had but this not all true. Jack Watling also said, “There was a fundamental failure to understand what the Afghans wanted. We assumed they wanted what we had — liberal democracy, Judeo-Christian values… And think they’d just automatically convert. And that is not the case.”
Many Afghans, especially women are deeply afraid of what the future has in store for them.
When The Last Safe Place Fell
Kabul was the last place that Afghans put their hope in and now that hope has fallen with the city. Many local and national governments reassured the public that Kabul would not be overtaken by the Taliban but that has all changed.
In the city, police posts have been abandoned and any remaining policemen are taking to public clothes to avoid the the Taliban noticing them. Also inmates in the city’s main prison in Kabul have been released, many who are part of the Taliban. One bystander noted that, “This is the day of judgment.”
In the midst of all the terror, the Taliban are saying and doing two different things. When they entered the city they said, “Our forces are entering Kabul city with all caution.”
That evening brought a different scene. Taliban soldiers were more frequently seen riding around on motorcycles and Humvees, adding to the city wide traffic jam.
The head of Afghan Film, Sahraa Karimi, videoed as she fled her neighborhood. In the video as she is out of breath and running, she tells her fellow neighbors, “Greetings, the Taliban has reached the city. We are escaping.”
When Afghan Fell, Joe Biden Lost
About five weeks ago President Biden said, “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States in Afghanistan.” To further his false claims he said, “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
Many Democrats and Republicans alike criticize the way Biden withdrew and handled the situation. They are calling him out for not planning a smarter departure of troops. The effects will now ripple for generations as one of the biggest failed military evacuations in American history.
Possibly, because of the pressure Joe Biden went on to insult the people of Afghanistan. He said, “The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.” Biden continued, “we gave them every chance to determine their own future. What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”
Will Other Nations Respect A Talibanian Government?
Over forty five different countries together told mainly the Taliban to allow “Those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan bear responsibility — and accountability — for the protection of human life and property. And for the immediate restoration of security and civil order.”
Two other nations were slightly more lenient to the Taliban and that was China and Russia. China’s foriegn ministry said they hope everything goes smoothly and well for the Taliban.
One Chinese state based new company, The Global Times took this opportunity to expose America’s failure.
The United States’ reckless withdrawal also showed how unreliable its commitments to allies are: When its interests require it to abandon its allies, it will not hesitate to find every excuse to do so.The Global Times
Russia still has not put out a public statement concerning if they will or will not recognize a new Talibanian government. Russia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan met on Tuesday to discuss the safety of the Russian Embassy there.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last Sunday that all countries should consult with one another before officially recognizing this new government. “We want a united position amongst all the like-minded, as far as we can get one, so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror.”
The Russians Are Staying
Out of all the countries trying to leave, Russia is not. Russia has struck a deal with the Taliban so they will not harm their embassy. Dmitri Zhirnov, Russia’s ambassador to Kabul, met with the Taliban on Tuesday to insure the safety of the embassy. He also said that all the countries who are evacuating, need to be calm. “The situation is a good one, calm.”
Now the Taliban has taken it upon themselves to guard Russia’s embassy. The terrorists furthered this action by saying, “Not a single hair will fall from Russian diplomats. You can work in peace.”
On Monday, Vladimir Putin said in an interview “We saw that this force would play a leading role in Afghanistan’s future, if not take power entirely.” They have been especially nice to this terrorist group for a long-time, now it has paid off.
Along with America, Britain’s trying to speedily evacuate government personnel from Kabul. Just like America, Britain has sent Thousands of military members to help in this conflict. Around 2,500 Brits are still trapped in Kabul.
This Monday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an emergency committee meeting. This meeting which is the British Parliament’s session, is being called up for it’s first time early since Iraq.
Sadly, some of America’s and Britain’s troops and personnel will not get back. Ben Wallace, Britain’s Defense Secretary lamented on LBC saying, “It’s a really deep part of the regret for me that some people won’t get back. Some people won’t get back, and we will have to do our best in third countries to process those people.”
Many Nations Are Expecting Flow Of Afghan Migrants.
Many European nations are expecting a mass of immigration crisis in the coming weeks and months. President Emmanuel Macron of France said, “Europe alone cannot assume the consequences of the current situation.”
Sky News reported that Ben Wallace said “I suspect we will see significant migrant flows around the world.” Six E.U. nations are waiting to see what will happen before they make a final decision on their deportation policy. In spite of the current events, France’s President may be using this as a political issue to boast his public appearance. He has taken a liberal position over his biggest competitor Marine Le Pen who is strictly anti-immigration.
Christians are now being target for… being Christian, According to The Daily Wire:
“Afghan Christians are reportedly fleeing to the mountains in a desperate attempt to escape the Taliban who is going door to door trying to kill them.
An underground church that partners with Frontier Alliance International (FAI) has reported that the Taliban are targeting Christians for death. According to FAI:
The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge. All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.
The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.
Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.
Taliban are also reportedly rifling through people’s phones to look for any apps that would give them away as Christians.
“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” said Dr. Rex Rogers, who is president of the Christian nonprofit organization SAT-7 North America, according to Religion News Service. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.'”
The Bible talks repeatedly about being persecuted for the faith. The Taliban will now join a long list of countries that brutally tortures Christians for following The Way.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,2 Timothy 3:12 ESV
The Final Word
The final word in any situation is God’s word. Without it we are nothing. A sad part of this event is that many Afghans do not know Christ. Please pray for them that the Lord will protect and strengthen them. Three last things are; 1. Please share this comprehensive report with everyone-especially on social media! 2. Please comment down below with questions or anything. 3. If you have not already please follow my blog so you are “in the know” by clicking follow on the header bar. Have a great day, in Christ, Austin Anderson
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9