Afghanistan emerged as a significant U.S. foreign policy concern in 2001, when the United States in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which led a military campaign against Al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban government.
That time, an elected Afghan government had replaced the Taliban; improvement in most measures of human development was happening and future prospects of gains remained mixed.
But the U.S. and Taliban representatives signed a bilateral agreement “ The Doha Agreement ” on February 29, 2020, agreeing to two “interconnected” guarantees: the withdrawal of all U.S. and international forces by May 2021, and unspecified Taliban action to prevent other groups (including Al Qaeda) from using Afghan soil to threaten the United States and its allied countries.
Months after the agreement, several U.S. officials asserted that the Taliban were not fulfilling their commitments under the accord, especially with regard to Al Qaeda. “Al Qaeda (AQ) still have presence in Afghanistan and its decades-long ties with the Taliban appear to have remained strong in recent years. In May 2021, U.N. sanctions monitors reported that Al Qaeda “has minimised over communications with Taliban leadership in an effort to ‘lay low’ and not jeopardize the Taliban’s diplomatic position.” said a US intel.
The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) of US also confirmed that the Taliban maintain ties to Al Qaeda and that some Al Qaeda members are integrated into the Taliban’s forces and command structure. Also the Department of Defence stated, “The Taliban have maintained mutually beneficial relations with Al Qaeda related organizations and are unlikely to take substantive action against these groups.”
The U.S. withdrawal might have been paused or reversed based on Taliban action (or inaction) with regard to Al Qaeda.
Trump Administration maintained that the troop reduction would not result in any major changes to the two complementary U.S. missions in Afghanistan: counter-terrorism and training, advising, and assisting Afghan forces.
But under Biden Administration, U.S. expressed an intention to continue “over-the-horizon” counter-terrorism efforts after U.S. troops depart Afghanistan. In April, President Biden said, “We’ll reorganize our counter-terrorism capabilities and the substantial assets in the region to prevent re-emergence of terrorists” in Afghanistan.
Biden had been warned several months prior to his withdrawal decision by Gen. Scott Miller, the last U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, as well as Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley advised against a full withdrawal, and Miller noted that Afghan government collapse was likely if U.S. forces left in a rush.
The failure to properly plan, prepare and execute an evacuation plan for American and foreign diplomats, aid workers, foreign journalists and Afghans who worked for the United States for the past two decades is inexplicable.
Rather than destroying the equipment before leaving the country Joe Biden decided to leave the nearly $85 billion worth of US military equipment to the Taliban.
2,000 Armoured Vehicles Including Humvees and MRAP’s
75,989 Total Vehicles: FMTV, M35, Ford Rangers, Ford F350, Ford Vans, Toyota Pickups, Armoured Security Vehicles etc.
45 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters
50 MD530G Scout Attack Choppers
Scan Eagle Military Drones
30 Military Version Cessna aircrafts
4 C-130 Transport Aircrafts
29 Brazilian made A-29 Super Tucano Ground Attack Aircraft
600,000+ Small arms M16, M249 SAWs, M24 Sniper Systems, 50 Calibres, 1,394 M203 Grenade Launchers, M134 Mini Gun, 20mm Gatling Guns and Ammunition
61,000 M203 Rounds
Mortars +1,000’s of Rounds
162,000 pieces of Encrypted Military Communications Gear
16,000+ Night Vision Goggles
Newest Technology Night Vision Scopes
Thermal Scopes and Thermal Mono Googles
10,000 2.75 inch Air to Ground Rockets
Reconnaissance Equipment (ISR)
Laser Aiming Units
Explosives Ordnance C-4, Semtex, Detonators, Shaped Charges, Thermite, Incendiaries, AP/API/APIT
Administration Encrypted Cell Phones and Laptops all operational
Pallets with Millions of Dollars in US Currency
Millions of Rounds of Ammunition including but not limited to 20,150,600 rounds of 7.62mm, 9,000,000 rounds of 50. calibre
Large Stockpile of Plate Carriers and Body Armour
US Military HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment) Biometrics
Lots of Heavy Equipment Including Bull Dozers, Backhoes, Dump Trucks, Excavators
Biden’s decision of full withdrawal of troops is an indication of”deep state” order or game because the Taliban will give cover once again to Al-Qaeda, and more Islamic terrorist cells could rise again without a robust U.S. presence in the country.
He had dispatched the head of his CIA to the Kabul airport to meet the terrorists of Taliban and is doing his most to criticize Trump, claiming that he had no choice but to carry out the Doha Agreement made between the Taliban and the US under the former Republican administration.
Kabul’s airport attack was led by Khalil Haqqani and been staged as if ISIS-K behind it. But the mastermind was Haqqani who had been seen leading prayers in Kabul last Friday. Haqqani has worked as a proxy for Al Qaeda and has been aware of group’s terrorist actions. Al Qaeda is the very group that organized the 9/11 suicide attacks; the very group whose destruction was the goal of US invasion of Afghanistan in the first place.
Biden could have used his position to disrupt the Doha Agreement or at least moderate or delay it to help the people of Afghanistan or re-negotiate a deal with Taliban (with Pakistan and Qatar.) But Biden decided not to use his powers.
The US withdrawal is giving Taliban a free hand to cause insecurity at Iran, Russia and China’s borders, thus forcing them to appreciate America’s presence in the region. Now with the rise of terrorist groups at their borders, these countries have to foot the bill for the security the US provided them for free.
But the CIA backed militias against the Taliban are now all Al Qaeda assets, so the CIA has technically backed and funded local militias to rise and empower the Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Biden’s troop withdrawal is Pakistan’s and ISI’s win and the rise of AL Qaeda to ensure an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia.