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There must be celebrations in Afghanistan for defeating US military: Ex-CIA chief

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell (File photo by Getty Images)

Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell has said there must be celebrations in Afghanistan because they defeated what he called “the world's greatest military power, ever.”

“I think that the Taliban winning the war in Afghanistan, and then the way our exit happened, has absolutely inspired jihadists all over the world,” Morell told CBS News on Sunday.

“The Taliban is saying, we just didn't defeat the United States, we defeated NATO. We defeated the world's greatest military power, ever. So there's a celebration going on,” said Morell, who served as acting CIA director twice between 2011 and 2013.

The former top US spy said a lot of other people must be going “to Afghanistan to be part of the celebration.”

“So after 9/11 they all scattered from Afghanistan. I think we're going to see a flow back in and that's one of the things that makes Afghanistan more dangerous than other spots on the planet,” he continued.

Morell’s comments come as the Taliban forms their government in Afghanistan after the US retreated from the country after twenty years of war that left hundreds of thousands of Afghans dead and millions more displaced.

The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 and removed the Taliban from power. American forces occupied the country for about two decades on the pretext of fighting against the Taliban. But as the US forces left Afghanistan, the Taliban stormed into Kabul, weakened by continued foreign occupation.


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