Now that the Taliban has inherited $85 billion in U.S. military weaponry, has hundreds of American hostages, and control of a country the U.S. occupied for decades—all because of Joe Biden’s horribly mishandled troop withdrawal—it has unprecedented leverage for its foreign influence.
Ahead of declaring an official government following its takeover of Afghanistan, the militant group is forming alliances with its authoritarian neighbors who are also adversaries to the United States.
The Taliban on Friday announced that China will keep its embassy in the war-torn country and “beef up” relations with the soon-to-be established Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan government, the Guardian reported.
A spokesman for the Islamist militia told the outlet the Taliban believes Afghanistan “can play an important role in security and development of the region,” adding that China will continue sending humanitarian aid, especially to combat COVID-19.
“China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us, because it is ready to invest [in] and rebuild our country,” another Taliban spokesman allegedly said, according to the South China Morning Post.
In addition to the militant group’s burgeoning relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, it is also attempting to form alliances with Russia, Iran, and more.
The Taliban has also reportedly invited Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and China to take part in the formal announcement of their new government which is set to take place next week.
BREAKING: The Taliban has invited 6 countries to take part in the formal announcement of their new government: Turkey, China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, and Qatar
Are you paying attention yet?
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Amid the news that the Taliban is gaining power and influence with its neighboring authoritarian super powers, former President Donald Trump gave his take on the matter.
Trump accused the Biden administration of trying to “cover up” the “greatest embarrassment in the history of our Country.”
“Are they using the same coverup methods that they are using on the greatest embarrassment in the history of our Country, the incompetent withdrawal from Afghanistan—leaving dead warriors, hostages, and $85 billion worth of the highest-grade Military equipment behind?” asked Trump in a statement on Tuesday.
“No Military event in our Country has ever been so poorly handled,” he continued. “We could’ve left with dignity, honor, success, nobody killed, and our equipment. But we didn’t!
As a result of Biden’s negligence, hundreds of Americans are left in a hostage situation in Afghanistan with just mere days until the anniversary of 9/11, and the Taliban is rapidly gaining influence around the world.