The Western-backed former Afghan leader, Ashraf Ghani, departed his country with so much money that it couldn’t all fit on his helicopter, and he was forced to leave some cash at the airport, the Russian Embassy in Kabul has said.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, its spokesman Nikita Ishchenko dubbed Ghani’s escape an “eloquent characterization” of the fall of the “regime.”
“Four cars were stuffed with money. [They] tried to fit all the money on the helicopter, but not all of it fit. Some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” he explained, without elaborating how he obtained the information.
Ghani became president of Afghanistan in September 2014, marking the first time in the country’s history that power was democratically transferred. Since his election, Ghani has enjoyed a close relationship with the US, which has pumped almost a trillion dollars into the country.
According to a 2019 study by Brown University in the US, Washington has spent around $978 billion in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001.
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The situation in Afghanistan has intensified in the past few weeks. On Sunday, Taliban militants entered the capital, Kabul, and declared that they had taken control of the entire country. The group is recognized in Russia as a terrorist organization.
On the same day, Ghani fled the country, claiming that he had resigned and escaped to prevent any bloodshed in the capital. According to initial reports, he was flown to Tajikistan.
On Monday, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem declared that the war in Afghanistan was over and called for peace.
The Taliban’s victory came after the US decided to withdraw its troops from the country. In April, US President Joe Biden declared that he had decided to end the operation in Afghanistan – the most protracted foreign military campaign in US history. All troops were scheduled to leave by September 11, almost 20 years after the war began.
By Jonny Tickle. This article was originally published on RT.
Time will tell if U.S. actions post-2001 in Afghanistan and Iraq were strategic moves, mineral grabs, bank-directed or otherwise inspired. I’m mainly sorry for the casualties. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, in a 70s “Foreign Affairs” piece, suggested a regional hegemon system–which in this case would make Afghanistan an issue for only its neighbors.
Afghanistan is said to be extremely rich in resources .Need we say more to realize why the US/ West went there in the first place . 9/11 was a geopolitical smoke screen and this will also be disclosed .All in due time.
War. It’s consistently been a favorite pastime of the global elite. Fake pandemics are a hobby they like to play around with now and then, although lately that’s been taking center stage.
9/11 happened we went there and tried to make it westernized , failed. If any country gets too out of line , we go there and fight them and make them use our system if possible. Pandemic exists but has been fear porned by media and politicized. Cause of virus not yet known. If you want to see what the actual death risk of covid is , find a country that isn’t a UN or US affiliate and divide their total cases by total deaths. I got 0.1%