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The U.S. Defeat in Afghanistan: Understanding the Great Debacle with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 6 pm Mountain States Time

August 21, 2021

Taliban officials sitting in the presidential place in Kabul

The U.S. Defeat in Afghanistan: Understanding the Great Debacle with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. Tuesday, August 24, 2021 @ 6 pm Mountain States Time

The 20 year U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan, begun in the aftermath of the 9-11-2011attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, has ended “not with a bang but with a whimper”. Different intelligence sources in the United States argued that the Washington propped government led by (U.S. educated) Ashraf Ghani would survive perhaps six months after the U.S. pull out. His government did not last 6 day. It collapsed. The U.S. trained, armed and financed Afghan army of 300,000 plus 75,000 strong airforce did not put up a fight. It disintegrated within 24 hours opening the way for a complete take over by the Taliban, the Islamic fundamentalist oriented guerilla movement that had ruled the country briefly in the late 1990s until just after 9-11 of 2001.

What’s the deal?

Kazerooni and Prince give their take on what happened and the prospect for the future.

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