NATO chief blames Afghan leadership for Kabul collapse

AFP , Tuesday 17 Aug 2021

Echoing the words of US President Biden, NATO secretary general Stoltenberg placed the blame of the collapse of the former Afghan forces on the Afghan government.

Taliban fighters
Taliban fighters patrol along a street in Kabul on August 17, 2021. AFP

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the alliance had been surprised by the speed of the Taliban victory in Afghanistan but blamed Afghan leaders for the "tragedy".

"Ultimately, the Afghan political leadership failed to stand up to the Taliban and to achieve the peaceful solution that Afghans desperately wanted," he said.
"This failure of the Afghan leadership led to the tragedy we are witnessing today."
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