Last: Taliban co-founder and de facto leader Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday, just days after his fighters seized power across the country. The Taliban announced a general amnesty for government officials and ordered fighters to maintain discipline as a precarious calm took hold in the capital, Kabul.
The United States and other countries have resumed their military evacuation efforts for allied Afghans and other civilians. Operations were suspended Monday evening when thousands of people stormed Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to flee.
In a speech to the nation on Monday afternoon, President Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, blaming the Taliban takeover of the Afghan military’s reluctance to fight the militant group and arguing that staying in the country was beyond the purview of the United States. interest.
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