Biden and Ghani Call for ‘Changing Perception’
September 2, 2021
The last call between US President Joe Biden and his Afghan equivalents before the Taliban took control over the country addressed military aid, messaging tactics, and political strategy but neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani showed up to be informed or planned for the immediate threat of the entire country falling to insurgents, according to a record analyzed by Reuters. On July 23, the men spoke for about 14 minutes.
Ghani fled the presidential palace on August 15, and the Taliban took over Kabul. Tens of thousands of needy Afghans have fled since then and 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians were killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul’s airport during the bustling US military removal.
To verify the discussion, Reuters examined a summary of the presidential phone call and heard to the audio. The data was provided anonymously by a source that was not licensed to disburse them. During the call, Biden provided help if Ghani could publicly demonstrate that he had a plan to control the escalating situation in Afghanistan.
Biden said, “If we know what the plan is, we will continue to provide close air support”. The US conducted out military strikes to facilitate Afghan security forces just days before the call, which the Taliban claimed violated the Doha peace agreement. The US president also suggested Ghani to seek support from powerful Afghans for a future military tactics, and to appoint a “warrior” to lead the effort, a guide to Defence Minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.