It began under President Trump when he authorized negotiations between the US and the Taliban without the Afghan government in the room. That was a key Taliban demand. We acceded to it, and it was a huge demoralizing factor for the Afghan government and its security forces. — Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Afghanistan
It began under President Trump when he authorized negotiations between the US and the Taliban without the Afghan government in the room. That was a key Taliban demand. We acceded to it, and it was a huge demoralizing factor for the Afghan government and its security forces. — Ryan Crocker, the former US ambassador to Afghanistan
Former US ambassador to Afghanistan blames Trump for the resurgence of the Taliban
  • The Taliban have seized much of Afghanistan since the US began drawing down troops in April.
  • Former Amb. Ryan Crocker said the blame lies with Trump for sidelining the Afghan government in 2020.
As of Friday, Taliban insurgents control at least 12 of the country's 34 provincial capitals, The Associated Press reported. On Thursday, the group captured Kandahar, the country's second largest city.

The US military has maintained a presence in Afghanistan since 2001, but US forces have almost entirely left the country now, leaving the role of deterring the Taliban to the Afghan army.

Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday, Crocker said much of the blame rests with Trump for demoralizing the Afghan military.

"It began under President Trump when he authorized negotiations between the US and the Taliban without the Afghan government in the room," said Crocker, who served as ambassador between 2011 and 2012.

"That was a key Taliban demand. We acceded to it, and it was a huge demoralizing factor for the Afghan government and its security forces."

"We pressed them [the Afghan military] to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners," Crocker said. "Eventually they did it and watched them go back into the fight against the people who released them."

... Though US troops have departed, the US military is still reportedly conducting airstrikes to destroy military equipment used by the Taliban.


Also on Thursday, retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former supreme allied commander of NATO, told CNN the situation in Afghanistan was due to "20 years of American misjudgments."
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