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ICYMI – Shockwaves from Kabul as Taliban claim power in Afghanistan

The world was shocked on Sunday by the news that the Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital of Kabul. Dramatic scenes are underway in places such as Kabul airport and the Friendship Gate on the Afghan/Pakistani border, as civilians rush to evacuate the country. It took the Taliban just over a week to seize control of the whole country after a lightning sweep that ended in Kabul as government forces, trained and equipped by the US and others at a cost of billions of dollars, melted away.

In recent weeks US and other foreign troops have been withdrawing in line with President Joe Biden’s decision to “end America’s longest war.” Protesters gathered outside the White House to denounce what they call Biden’s betrayal of the Afghan people.

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