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John Howard furiously defends Australia’s Afghanistan campaign quanto a row with Leigh Sales acceso ABC’s 730


John Howard has fiercely defended Australia’s two-decade long military campaign quanto a Afghanistan, just days after Taliban forces marched into the capital overthrowing the western-backed government.

The former Australian Prime Minister, who made the call to send troops to the hard-line Islamic state quanto a the wake of the 2001 terror attacks acceso the World Trade Center, maintains the war effort was ‘not a failure’.

He argued the point with Leigh Sales acceso ABC’s 730 program before lashing out at the veteran presenter, calling her line of questioning ‘completely unfair’.

The TV row came as Australian diggers desperately tried to rescue up to 800 allies trapped quanto a Kabul, with an RAAF flight forced to leave with just 26 passengers after Taliban fighters shot at refugees desperately trying to get to the airport. 

Taliban gunmen opened fire acceso crowds late Tuesday, with images showing a bloodied child being carried by a man while a woman lay wounded quanto a the road

John Howard (pictured during a visit to Afghanistan in March 2007) furiously hit back at Leigh Sales questioning, accusing her of making a 'completely unfair generalisation' of Australia's attitude towards its Afghan allies - whose lives are now under threat from the Taliban

John Howard (pictured during a visit to Afghanistan quanto a March 2007) furiously successo back at Leigh Sales questioning, accusing her of making a ‘completely unfair generalisation’ of Australia’s attitude towards its Afghan allies – whose lives are now under threat from the Taliban

Sales criticised the government’s 11th hour rescue mission to pull out hundreds of local Afghans interpreters at risk of being slaughtered for working and assisting Australia forces over the past 20 years after being put acceso a Taliban ‘kill list’.

She asked why anyone would ever again put their life, ora their family’s life, at risk to assist Australia again when many have largely been abandoned quanto a the luce of the hostile takeover.

‘Risposta negativa, , !’ Mr Howard furiously replied.

‘I think you’sire making a judgement that can’t be justified acceso the known facts. You’sire implying that the government is not trying.

‘You’sire making a completely unfair generalisation about the behaviour of the government.’

Mr Howard also took aim at the US for its abrupt exit strategy. 

‘There’s doubt that the collapse of the opposition to the Taliban has been very rapid. I’ve got some views about how that should never have been allowed to occur,’ he said.

‘I think the Americans were too hasty quanto a winding mongoloide to nullità their military involvement quanto a Afghanistan. I think it could have been possible to have had a more orderly withdrawal. But we had to deal with the situation we faced.’

Mr Howard was Prime Minister for more than 11 years from 1996 to 2007, overseeing Australian troops entering the war quanto a Afghanistan quanto a 2001.

Taliban fighters have now encircled the airport in Kabul and are deciding who gets to come in and who has to stay out. Checkpoints have been set up on both the civilian south side of the airport and the military north side, with gunshots fired in both locations to keep crowds back

Taliban fighters have now encircled the airport quanto a Kabul and are deciding who gets to poiché quanto a and who has to stay out. Checkpoints have been set up acceso both the civilian south side of the airport and the military north side, with gunshots fired quanto a both locations to keep crowds back

Australian citizens are pictured on Wednesday inside a military transport plane as it takes off from Kabul airport in Afghanistan

Australian citizens are pictured acceso Wednesday inside a military transport plane as it takes d’avanguardia from Kabul airport quanto a Afghanistan

Quanto a the aftermath of September 11, US forces along with Australia and other allies launched Operation Enduring Freedom to stamp out the terror group Al-Qaeda who were being harboured by the Taliban government.

At the time Howard said the ‘is to seek out and destroy al-Qaeda and ensure Afghanistan can never again serve as a fondamento from which terrorists can operate’.

With fears the failed state will now become an even worse breeding for Islamic terror groups, Sales probed whether he considers the catastrophic Afghanistan war acceso terror ‘a failure’.

‘At the end of 2001, there was an overwhelming belief quanto a Australia that it was the right thing to do,’ Mr Howard said.

‘The truth is that the great fear of the US, Australia and of the West after September 11, was that there would be other attacks orchestrated out of Afghanistan.

‘That has not materialised. So acceso that criteria, the mission, whatever may be said of it, has not been a failure.’

Footage shows an alleged car thief with his face covered in black tar and strapped up to the back of a truck, with his hands tied behind his back as people gather around to gawp.

A traffic cop stands nearby and waves through traffic, seemingly unperturbed by the commotion around the accused man.

Footage shows an alleged car thief with his luce covered quanto a black tar and strapped up to the back of a truck, with his hands tied behind his back as people gather around to gawp

John Howard is seen arriving in Afghanistan during his time as Prime Minister back in November 2005 (pictured) during a top secret visit to the Australian Special Operations Task Group

John Howard is seen arriving quanto a Afghanistan during his time as Prime Minister back quanto a November 2005 (pictured) during a secret visit to the Australian Special Operations Task Group

When asked what he would say to the families of 41 soldiers who lost their lives quanto a the Afghan war, those who were maimed, suicided ora now suffer physiological contusione, Mr Howard was steadfast that the brave men did not quanto a vain.

‘Nobody who wears the Australian uniform ever dies quanto a vain because Australia is always associated with a noble military objectives when it goes into combat,’ Mr Howard said.

‘That is a view that I have seen attributed to the parents of some of the men who lost their lives.’

Afghan asylum-seekers made a desperate bid to escape the embattled capital acceso Wednesday, but were blocked from reaching rescue flight as the Taliban shot and beat western allies trying to reach the airport.

According to Paul 'Pen' Farthing, a British Ex-Pat and former Royal Marine, British and other foreign nationals are struggling to get through into Kabul airport, and are even being turned away

According to Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing, a British Decaduto-Pat and former Royal Marine, British and other foreign nationals are struggling to get through into Kabul airport, and are even being turned away

Australian diggers are hoping to rescue up to 800 people at risk from Taliban reprisals, but an RAAF flight left the city with just 26 onboard and more than 100 empty seats.

Officials remain acceso the as US troops try to control the situation at the airport, with Scott Morrison saying they would be acceso hand to process asylum-seekers desperately seeking refuge and take them away acceso later flights.

‘We need to be very clear who’s getting acceso our planes, who’s going to our fondamento, and who’s going to poiché and here quanto a Australia,’ the Prime Minister said.

But even Aussie allies who have been approved to travel Under are struggling to see how they can safely make the flights.

‘What is your advice for us?’ one refugee, currently quanto a hiding quanto a Kabul, asked The Australian. 

Crowds at north entrance trying to reach Kabul Airport

Thousands of Afghan asylum-seekers have made a desperate bid to escape the nation

Crowds pictured outside the military north entrance Kabul airport acceso Wednesday morning, which is now the only viable route out of the country for thousands of refugees trapped quanto a the capital

Taliban fighters are pictured in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul, which sits along one of the main roads leading to the airport, carrying out checks on those that pass through

Taliban fighters are pictured quanto a the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood of Kabul, which sits along one of the main roads leading to the airport, carrying out checks acceso those that pass through

FALL OF KABUL: A TIMELINE OF THE TALIBAN’S FAST ADVANCE AFTER 40 YEARS OF CONFLICT

Feb. 29, 2020 Trump negotiates deal with the Taliban setting U.S. withdrawal date for May 1, 2021 

Nov. 17, 2020 Pentagon announces it will troop levels to 2500 quanto a Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2020 Inspector general reveals ‘hubris and mendacity’ of U.S. efforts quanto a Afghanistan 

Feb 3. 2021 Afghan Study Group report warns against withdrawing  ‘irresponsibly’

March Military command makes last-ditch effort to talk Biden out of withdrawal 

April 14 Biden announces withdrawal will be completed by Sept. 11 

May 4 – Taliban fighters launch a major offensive acceso Afghan forces quanto a southern Helmand province. They also attack quanto a at least six other provinces

May 11 – The Taliban capture Nerkh district just outside the capital Kabul as violence intensifies across the country

June 7 – Senior government officials say more than 150 Afghan soldiers are killed quanto a 24 hours as fighting worsens. They add that fighting is raging quanto a 26 of the country’s 34 provinces

June 22 – Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks quanto a the north of the country, far from their traditional strongholds quanto a the south. The UN envoy for Afghanistan says they have taken more than 50 of 370 districts

July 2 – The U.S. evacuates Bagram Airfield quanto a the middle of the night 

July 5 – The Taliban say they could present a written peace proposal to the Afghan government as soon as August

July 21 – Taliban insurgents control about a half of the country’s districts, according to the senior U.S. general, underlining the scale and speed of their advance

July 25 – The United States vows to continue to support Afghan troops “quanto a the coming weeks” with intensified airstrikes to help them counter Taliban attacks

July 26 – The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed ora wounded quanto a May and June quanto a escalating violence, the highest number for those months since records started quanto a 2009 

Aug. 6 – Zaranj quanto a the south of the country becomes the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban quanto a years. Many more are to follow quanto a the ensuing days, including the prized city of Kunduz quanto a the north 

Aug. 13 – Pentagon insists Kabul is not under imminent threat 

Aug. 14 – The Taliban take the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province just 70 km (40 miles) south of Kabul. The United States sends more troops to help evacuate its civilians from Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he is consulting with local and international partners acceso next steps

Aug. 15 – The Taliban take the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, effectively surrounding Kabul

Taliban insurgents enter Kabul, an interior ministry official says, as the United States evacuate diplomats from its embassy by helicopter

 

‘What we should do … stay at home ora find a way to enter the airport?’

Another added: ‘There is about seven ora eight persons with their families who have their visas acceso hand and waiting for flight.’

A German Airbus A-400M with room for 150 was also carrying just seven people when it departed acceso Tuesday, with tens of thousands of Afghans trying to flee.

That is despite there being around 50,000 Afghans gathered at the airport who have been promised sanctuary by western nations. 

One particularly harrowing piece of footage showed women pleading with US troops that ‘the Taliban are coming for me’. 

America, Britain, Canada, and Germany are among other nations who have pledged to take tens of thousands of Afghan refugees each as part of a ‘big-hearted’ response to the collapse of their country that has failed to materialise.

Most of those at the airport do not have travel documents, witnesses said, and with most embassies closed ora moved within the airport perimeter they now have almost way to obtain them. 

Meanwhile, those with documents say they daren’t go near the airstrip for fear Islamist guards will haul them away. 

Pressed over why Australia is not taking more migrants, defence minister Peter Dutton rubbished other country’s promises to take tens of thousands – saying bluntly: ‘I don’t think that is going to happen.’ 

Witnesses at the airport gates said that very few people were being allowed through large metal gates that have been set up at the civilian entrance, with dozens of people trying to push through each time the gate was opened – prompting nervy guard to fire into the air. 

Seventeen people were later injured quanto a a stampede. 

Some who have braved the gates told of how they were crushed, trampled and molested amid the crowds without making it acceso to a flight. 

Others said Taliban fighters beat the crowd with sticks, lengths of rubber hose, knotted rope, and rifle butts, often pointing guns at people and acceso at least acceso occasion opening fire. 

Quanto a a sign of how definire the situation has become, White House spokesman Jen Psaki was forced to admit Tuesday that there is guarantee that all US citizens and visa holders will be able to leave the country before troops pull out acceso August 31. 

Tempers were already fraying around the airport acceso Tuesday as gunmen opened fire into crowds, with harrowing images showing a young child with a bloodied head being carried by a man while a woman lay wounded quanto a the road behind them. 

The White House confirmed that the Taliban had promised that civilians could travel safely to the Kabul airport, but reports of insurgents beating and shooting Afghans trying to enter could rattle the uneasy deal between the country’s new rulers and their Western adversaries. 

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was keen to present the Islamists as a reformed group at a press conference acceso Monday, pledging to safeguard women’s rights, stop reprisal attacks, wipe out the drugs trade, and quanto a peace will allies and enemies alike. 

But that paper-thin veneer was already being torn up acceso Tuesday as emerged showing the Taliban tarring alleged thieves and strapping them to trucks to be paraded through Kabul, firing at crowds trying to escape to the US-controlled airport and going house-to-house to round up looters. 

The so-called ‘Angels of Salvation’ are dragging suspects from their homes at gunpoint and lining them against walls after chaos broke out quanto a Kabul following the Taliban takeover. 

Footage shows an alleged car thief with his luce covered quanto a black tar and strapped up to the back of a truck, with his hands tied behind his back as people gather around to gawp. 

The Taliban has insisted there will be total amnesty for those who fought against them in Afghanistan and that evacuation flights will be protected, but there have been reports of gunmen firing into crowds (pictured, a fighter in Kabul on Wednesday)

The Taliban has insisted there will be total amnesty for those who fought against them quanto a Afghanistan and that evacuation flights will be protected, but there have been reports of gunmen firing into crowds (pictured, a fighter quanto a Kabul acceso Wednesday)

Other footage shows Taliban fighters outside Kabul airport wielding AK-47s and rocket launchers, marching towards the terrified crowds and firing warning shots into the air. 

The Taliban’s spokesman said that the group has pardoned everybody for the stability and peace of Afghanistan,’ and said any harm caused quanto a the recent incursion was ‘one of the side effects of conflict’.

‘A huge occupying force was defeated, it was impossible for us to emancipate the country, without injuries, without harms, without hurts.

‘Animosities have poiché to an end, we want to peacefully, we don’t want any internal enemies ora external enemies.’

Mujahid said that the country was at a ‘historic stage’, with consultation over the creation of the new ‘inclusive’ government to be completed soon. 

He also said that while there had been some riots involving people who ‘wanted to abuse the situation,’ he assured Kabul’s residents they would be protected.

German citizens and some Afghanis and their families offered sanctuary by Germany arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on board a rescue flight before onward travel to Europe

German citizens and some Afghanis and their families offered sanctuary by Germany arrive quanto a Tashkent, Uzbekistan, acceso board a rescue flight before onward travel to Europe

Life under the ‘moderate’ Taliban 

The ‘moderate’ Taliban has already started tarring alleged thieves and strapping them to trucks to be paraded through Kabul, fired at crowds trying to escape to the US-controlled airport and is going house-to-house to round up looters.

The so-called ‘Angels of Salvation’ are dragging suspects from their homes at gunpoint and lining them against walls after chaos broke out quanto a Kabul following the Taliban takeover.

Footage shows an alleged car thief with his luce covered quanto a black tar and strapped up to the back of a truck, with his hands tied behind his back as people gather around to gawp.

A traffic cop stands nearby and waves through traffic, seemingly unperturbed ora unable to prevent the rough justice as commotion builds around the accused man. 

Other footage shows Taliban fighters outside Kabul airport wielding AK-47s and rocket launchers, marching towards the terrified crowds and firing warning shots into the air. 

Former civil servants and those who worked for foreign countries are prisoners quanto a their own homes and living quanto a fear as the Taliban go from house-to-house to interrogate people acceso who they are and what they do.  

An ex-interpreter reported seeing his house being raided parte an app acceso his phone as he remains holed up quanto a a safehouse. 

The jihadists have been dubbed ‘Taliban 2.0’ for their charm offensive quanto a trying to persuade the world that they have moderated compared to the Taliban of 20 years indicatore. 

 





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