The way the withdraw from Afghanistan was managed will forever mar the legacy of Joe Biden’s presidency.
After railing against the plan by the Trump administration, Biden allowed our troops to literally sneak out in the middle of the night without any apparent notice given to Afghan military leaders.
Now, only days after the troops have left the area, outlets are reporting that the Taliban have captured a strategic stronghold at the Afghan-Iran border.
Taliban Victory = Biden Loss
The critique against Joe Biden was not necessarily for pulling troops out of Afghanistan.
There was both support and resistance on both sides of the aisle on that front.
The problem was there seemed to be absolutely no real plan in place to ensure that Afghanistan was ready to take over the defense of its own country.
Biden will not be able to blame Donald Trump for that and he will have to own this.
He will also have to own the fact that the Taliban was lurking, waiting for the right opportunity, and the terrorists have already been able to claim a massive victory.
Multiple outlets are now claiming that the Taliban has captured the Afghanistan flag that flew above the Islam Qala border crossing, a very strategic spot along the Iran-Afghan border.
Iranian media have widely shared this video, reportedly showing Taliban fighters taking down the flag of Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing. pic.twitter.com/2s1SBeOoTq
— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) July 9, 2021
Several senior Afghanistan government officials reportedly confirmed the report to Reuters, stating, “the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran … had fallen to the Taliban and that Afghan security and customs officials had fled across the border.”
However, Tariq Arian, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, stated this was a false report.
Arian stated, “All Afghan security forces including the border units are present in the area [of Islam Qala], and efforts are underway to recapture the site.”
Along with this border takeover, it has also been reported that Taliban forces have overtaken roughly 85 percent of Afghan territory since Biden has taken office.
It would now appear that all the progress made over the last 20 years has been lost in less than six months with Joe Biden at the helm.