The surprising speed by which the Taliban seized control, with relative ease, of the whole of Afghanistan is a major geopolitical debacle for the US and its European allies. The capture of Kabul by the Islamist militants saw horrific scenes of despair at Kabul’s international airport as desperate Afghans clung to American military planes while they were attempting to taking off.

Many pundits were quick to note that the scenes were eerily reminiscent of the US withdrawal from Saigon, the then-capital of South Vietnam, in April 1975. Faulty information gathered by Western intelligence services, which predicted that the Taliban would not enter Kabul until the autumn, also showed the helplessness of the West as it quickly came to understand that the Afghan national government was neither a reliable ally nor a solid source of information for facts on the ground.

Διαβάστε ακόμα