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UK follows US lead in abandoning Afghanistan

Saeed Pourreza
Press TV, London

Packing their bags and leaving behind a country laying in ruins. British troops and nationals following their American counterparts out of Afghanistan.

Just as it was at the time of the war in 2001, criticism is rife of the so-called cross-Atlantic alliance’s handling of the deepening crisis and indeed of the outcome of the 20-year occupation.

Touted as the war on terror, the military conflict in Afghanistan has cost the UK more than 450 troops and at least £37 billion in tax-payer money…roughly 2,000-pounds per household.

As their retreat from Afghanistan descended into a shambles, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recalled Parliament to meet next week to discuss the situation on the ground…A little too late.

It is now the morning after and Britain and other colonial powers have the task of finding what they call “like-minded” powers not to recognize the Taliban’s rule.

In a matter weeks, the afghans and indeed the rest of the world, woke up to a new reality: The Taliban, back in power, 20 years after they were toppled, handing the US, the UK and their other allies a humiliating defeat with long-term consequences.


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