A transcript of a phone call seen by Reuters showed that the last phone call that took place between US President Joe Biden and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, before the Taliban movement took control of all of Afghanistan, included the two leaders discussing military aid, strategy and the organization of tactical correspondence, but the two leaders did not know it. Neither was aware or prepared for the imminent danger at the gates, nor for the entire country falling into the hands of the Taliban.
The two men talked for about 14 minutes on July 23. On August 15, Ghani fled the presidential palace and the Taliban entered Kabul. Since then, tens of thousands of desperate Afghans have fled or attempted to escape, and 13 US soldiers and dozens of Afghan civilians have been killed. in a suicide attack at Kabul airport during frantic US military evacuations.
Reuters confirmed that they saw a transcript of the phone call between Biden and Gein and heard the audio recording of the original conversation.
And the agency confirmed that, in the call, Biden offered help if Ghani could publicly clarify that he had a plan to control the deterioration of the situation. in Afghanistan, and said: “We will continue to provide extensive air support if we know what the plan is.” Days prior to that call, the United States had launched airstrikes in support of the Afghan security forces, a move the Taliban called a violation of the pace of Doha in February 2020.
President Biden also advised his counterpart Ghani to get influential Afghans’ approval of his military strategy ever since. in then and then to put a “killer figure” to lead the effort, referring to the Minister of Defense, General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.
In the call, Biden praised the Afghan military, which was trained and funded by the US government, telling Ghani, “You obviously have the best army. You have 300,000 well-armed soldiers, compared to 70 or 80,000, and they obviously are. in able to fight well. “But days later, the Afghan army began to withdraw in throughout the country and in the provincial capitals without fighting against the Taliban.
During most of the phone call, Biden focused on what he described as the Afghan government’s “vision” of the problem. “I have to tell you the point of view and the perception in all over the world e in some parts of Afghanistan, I think things are not going well in terms of fighting the Taliban, “he said.” And there is a need, whether that’s true or not, we need to paint a different picture. “
Biden told Ghani that holding a press conference together with leading Afghan politicians in support of a new military strategy “will change perception and change many things, I believe.”
The words of the American president indicated that he did not expect the great rebellion and collapse after 23 days. “We will continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically and economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but continues and grows,” Biden said.
The White House had released a statement following the appeal focused on Biden’s pledge to support the Afghan security forces and Congress’s search for financial appropriations for Afghanistan by his administration.
During the call, Ghani told Biden he believed the pace could be achieved if he succeeded in “rebalancing a military solution”. But Biden added: “We need to act urgently.”
For his part, Ghani said: “We are facing a large-scale invasion, consisting of the Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, as well as at least 10,000 to 15,000 international terrorists, most of whom are pushed Pakistanis. in this. “Afghan government officials and US experts have long pointed to Pakistan’s support for the Taliban as the key to restoring in life movement.
The Pakistani embassy in Washington denies the allegations. An embassy spokesman told Reuters: “It is clear that the legend of the Taliban fighters crossing Pakistan is a pretext and an idea … promoted by Mr. Ashraf Ghani to justify his failure in leadership and government.” .
Interestingly, Ghani’s latest public statement was released on August 18, in who claimed to have fled Afghanistan to avoid bloodshed.
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