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WATCH: Taliban Taunt Biden’s Withdrawal With Mock Funeral For U.S.
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On Tuesday, the Taliban mocked the United States, Great Britain, France, and NATO with a mock funeral in which coffins draped with the flags of the countries and NATO were carried as part of a celebratory parade in Khost while the Taliban’s emblem was flown above.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid enthused from Kabul airport, “It is a historical day and a historical moment. We are proud of these moments, that we liberated our country from a great power,” Reuters reported. Mujahid added, “The Islamic Emirate wants to have good diplomatic relations with the whole world.”

But a fighter and religious leader for the Taliban sitting in Bagram air base boasted to The Times that he hoped the Taliban could spread their jihad “further into the region and Muslim world”:

Never in our wildest dreams could we have believed we could beat a superpower like America with just our Kalashnikovs. When you do jihad all doors open. We defeated America with our faith and our guns and we hope now that Bagram can be a base for jihad for all Muslims. For any foreign power considering attacking Afghanistan then look at Bagram now and learn your lesson well before embarking on foolish endeavor. See the West’s mighty technology humbled here by mujahidin. In 15 years as a mujahid fighting the Americans I wondered often if I may fail or die. Yet here is proof of the power of faith and God and jihad. On the back of victory I hope we can use Bagram as a place to spread jihad further into the region and Muslim world.

The Daily Wire reported on Tuesday that nearly 90 retired generals and admirals wrote a letter demanding that Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) Mark Milley resign from their roles immediately over the “events surrounding the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.” They wrote:

What should have happened upon learning of the Commander in Chief’s (President Biden’s) plan to quickly withdraw our forces and close the important power projection base Bagram, without adequate plans and forces in place to conduct the entire operation in an orderly fashion? As principal military advisors to the CINC/President, the SECDEF and CJCS should have recommended against this dangerous withdrawal in the strongest possible terms.”

If they did not do everything within their authority to stop the hasty withdrawal, they should resign. Conversely, if they did do everything within their ability to persuade the CINC/President to not hastily exit the country without ensuring the safety of our citizens and Afghans loyal to America, then they should have resigned in protest as a matter of conscience and public statement. The consequences of this disaster are enormous and will reverberate for decades beginning with the safety of Americans and Afghans who are unable to move safely to evacuation points; therefore, being de facto hostages of the Taliban at this time.

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