/ 04 August 2021

Afghan president slams the US

As the Taliban gains ground, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani yesterday blamed the “sudden” withdrawal of US troops for the country’s rapid descent into mayhem. The Taliban is closing in on 3 provincial capitals, and the government is struggling to hold things together now that almost all US troops and allies (including Oz) have made tracks. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as government forces and the Taliban fight it out on the streets of Lashkar Gah (a city in the country’s south) as the United Nations warns of an impending humanitarian disaster. Meanwhile in Oz, the Department of Defence has unveiled a 4-year plan to address the issues highlighted in last year’s Brereton Report into alleged war crimes involving Aussie special forces in Afghanistan. By the end of this year, disciplinary issues and victim compensation will be dealt with, and a reform process will be rolled out to 2025 to avoid “any future issues,” the plan says. #SquizShortcut

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