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Former Afghan interpreter says he feels ‘betrayed by the West’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

An anonymous Afghan interpreter blasted the Biden administration for betraying him and other Afghans like him. He made an appearance on CNN Tuesday, while protecting his identity for safety.

“To be honest with you, all the Afghans, including me and everybody, we are feeling that we were actually betrayed by the West,” the interpreter told host Jake Tapper. “Working with the U.S. and the West, we worked with them, we were betrayed by them.”

Meanwhile, the country is being invaded by the Taliban. “We are invaded by Pakistan and we are ignored by the United Nations,” the interpreter said. As a result, they point the finger at the U.S. government. “So we are blaming everybody. I do blame the Afghan government as well for not talking to the people, for not telling what was going on. But we are blaming the West a lot for what’s been going on in Afghanistan.”

The segment is CNN’s latest effort in criticizing the Biden administration over the fallout in Afghanistan. Earlier this week, CNN’s editor at large Chris Cilliizza wrote a scathing op ed on the president. According to him, “the situation was totally and completely out of control.” Then, the network featured a segment comparing President Biden’s previous predictions and promised compared to the current situation.

Political pundit Dinesh D’Souza tweeted out a link to the segment, calling it a “devastating takedown of Biden presidency.” However all the negative coverage doesn’t seem to sway Biden, who is reportedly currently on vacation. He briefly paused his trip to double down on his decision to withdraw in a press conference.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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