A video obtained by CNN of the Taliban executing 22 Afghan commandos as they surrendered has exacerbated criticism of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan ordered by President Joe Biden.

The massacre, which human rights groups have described as an apparent war crime, adds to the many questions being asked about the Afghan military’s capacity to defeat or even contain the Taliban now that the US is pulling out.

Responding to the news of the executed Afghan commandos, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a US Air Force veteran who flew missions in Afghanistan, in a tweet said, “This is horrible-yet it’s the reality of announcing the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Removing the peacekeepers and leaving the Afghan people without support is a grave mistake, Mr. President.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday called Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal a “global embarrassment.”

The incident took place on June 16 in the town of Dawlat Abad in Faryab province, which is close to Afghanistan’s border with Turkeministan. The Taliban dismissed the video as a fabrication. But the Red Cross confirmed that 22 bodies were retrieved, and CNN spoke with witnesses and verified several videos of the incident.

The withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan – set to be complete by the end of August – marks an end to the longest conflict in US history. But the US pullout does not mean an end to violent conflict in Afghanistan, which has seen consistent fighting for roughly four decades. The Taliban last week said it’s taken over 85% of the country, and with regional militias popping up across Afghanistan there are worries that the war will escalate after the US departure.

“Civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized if it continues on the trajectory it’s on,” Gen. Austin S. Miller, who stepped down as the top US commander in Afghanistan on Monday, said earlier this month.

Biden announced the plan to withdraw troops in April, and has fervently defended the move amid escalating concerns about the future of Afghanistan with the US departure nearly complete. Proponents of Biden’s withdrawal contend that the pullout was long overdue, making the case that the costs of staying in Afghanistan far outweigh the benefits.

“Let me ask those who wanted us to stay: How many more – how many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk? How long would you have them stay?” Biden said in a speech last Thursday.

But critics have characterized the withdrawal as a hasty retreat that endangers local populations – especially women – and effectively hands the country over to the Taliban.

Biden has rejected the notion that it’s “inevitable” the Taliban will fully regain control of Afghanistan. “I trust the capacity of the Afghan military, who is better trained, better equipped and more competent in terms of conducting war,” the president said on Thursday.

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  1. Why is the Republicans were all for troop withdrawal under trump, and not under biden. You just flipped the script !!! I am just saying !!! 👀👀

  2. Leaving trusted allies behind is a disgrace to our country. I hope that the president sleeps well knowing the blood he has on his hands. I should direct this guilt to the gutless idiots who are really calling the shots for I doubt that he even knows where or what Afghanistan is! Yes, we were long overdue to stop spending lives and money there but for God’s sake sneaking out in the middle of the night was a cowardly way to withdraw. What will he do next to destroy our country’s credibility with the world?

  3. Joe and his administration is getting worse everyday senile Joe and his administration better start thinking before they start saying and doing anything. This administration is going down in history as the Worse president and administration that is trying to destroy America.


  5. Unfortunately, the US Government under Pres. Reagan pit too much weight on pressing the Soviets – at a time when this was totally unnecessary, thanks to beginning Gorbachov era. and when they were doing an extremely useful job: Fighting the Islamic State. That was what went out from Afghanistan poisoning the region far around, and the Soviets had felt its spread into some of their Federal States, especially Chechniya – but feared it most to spread to the big region of Khazan with its over 20 million Moslems. THAT’s why they went into Afghanistan and tried to stop the dangerous Jihad!
    And they nearly did so, for the benefit of the wide population – but especially the WOMEN: It was the first time, schools for girls, and for boys and girls were built, women received professional training and jobs, local regional elections were set up and held, a national government was set up – and in general: The rule of the radical Mullahs was crushed! A way to Freedom – for the first time in history!
    But, unfortunately, US politicks did not want to see of all this but only ‘a chance to harm the Soviets’ – bot a hint of care about the harm this would mean for millions of Afghans – and others far around. The same as, later, in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia: US weapons flooded the land, and “instructors” and a proxy war of terror and inhumanity – praised by our “embedded” press and media as “liberation”, MAKING THE TINY TALIBAN A WORLD POWER (and Boko Haram and other Radical Islamists, too). And Osama bin Laden was part of this as a US PROXY! (That he had anything to do with the 9 September in USA, however, is not even likely – that was planned somewhere in Saudia and the West.)
    But: The US warfare succeeded, a Truce was signed, and US support flew away – and what followed is what we can expect to follow now: The “Peace-Signing” Afghan government was found hanged from lamp posts at Kabul airport.
    It has bee n a hallmark of US politicks to, nearly always, side with the wrong side, from South America to Asia, Africa – you name it: BLINDNESS FOR REALITY (BUT BIG WISHES FOR SOMENE’S POCKETS) that is US politics and values.


  7. AGAIN, biddyboy Biden DOES NOT HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT HE IS DOING! This is nothing but a huge MONOPOLY BOARD GAME FOR HIM — Reality does NOT EXIST IN HIS FEEBLE TWISTED MIND! He is cognitively impaired but no Demonrat is “grown up” enough to actually demand he is removed! THESE ARE CHILDREN AT PLAY FOLKS! NOT ONE ADULT AMONGST THEM!

    IF YOU HAVEN’T FIGURED THIS OUT YET! We have a bunch of arrogant, immature, emotionally charged assholes running America and they are going to run it right into the ground! What did you expect? They are simpleminded demonrats!

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