Ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said to have fled the country to avoid more bloodshed is now in UAE, United Arab Emirates. Afghanistans’ capital Kabul is being overtaken by Taliban fighters.
“The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds.” The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, which was later posted to its website.
When the president left the country, the Taliban entered the presidential and declared the war is over. Now the Taliban are in ownership of their countrymen and property. President Ashraf Ghani has been elected twice as the president since 2014.
Taliban forces made a series of stunning advances across the country of 39 million in the wake of the Biden administration and NATO announcing a full departure of U.S. and coalition forces by the end of August.
Amid the exodus of foreign troops, the Taliban were able to declare near-complete control of the country within 10 days of seizing their first provincial capital.
Despite being vastly outnumbered by the Afghan military, which has been assisted by U.S. and coalition forces for the last 20 years, the Taliban entered Kabul on Sunday.
“The truth is this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” Biden said in a speech from the White House on Monday, adding that he had been assured by the now-deposed Ghani that the U.S.-trained and equipped Afghan troops would hold their positions.
“Mr. Ashraf Ghani insisted the Afghan forces would fight, but obviously he was wrong,” Biden said.
“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,” Biden said. “We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them with the will to fight for that future.”