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Mon Aug 30, 2021, 02:41 PM

WaPo: The Definitive summary of the collapse of Kabul

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/28/taliban-takeover-kabul/


“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”

McKenzie, aware of those orders, told Baradar that the U.S. mission was only to evacuate American citizens, Afghan allies and others at risk. The United States, he told Baradar, needed the airport to do that.

On the spot, an understanding was reached, according to two other U.S. officials: The United States could have the airport until Aug. 31. But the Taliban would control the city...



The Taliban offered to allow US Forces to hold Kabul until evacuations were complete... US officials declined, allowing the Taliban to secure Kabul.

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