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Biden’s Afghanistan Failure Now Threatening the American War Effort in Ukraine

Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2023
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One of the most shameful outcomes of President Joe Biden’s botched evacuation from Afghanistan was the abandonment of thousands of Afghan soldiers who fought alongside the U.S. military for two decades. Now, left destitute and at the mercy of the Taliban, some have desperately resorted to fighting alongside the Russian army in Ukraine.

According to reports, the infamous Wagner Group, a Russian private military organization linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a top confidante of Vladimir Putin, is now turning abroad for recruitment, specifically to Afghanistan. Accounts of Wagner Group representatives reaching out to former Afghan soldiers first began to trickle out of the region last fall, and have now been all but confirmed by sources within the country and the surrounding areas.

Throughout the United States’ 20-year involvement in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and its contractors trained tens of thousands of men to form the Afghan National Army. Between 20,000 and 30,000 were trained as special forces – Afghan commandos, who operated as elite light infantry “disruptor” units. These warriors fought alongside U.S. green berets in some of the most dangerous fighting throughout the conflict, and were trained to hold the Taliban at bay.

However, according to the Taliban-interpreted Sharia law, anyone who fought alongside the Americans was guilty of betraying Islam. Upon retaking power, the Taliban justice minister declared anyone who assisted the Americans to be traitors. Even as the U.S. was evacuating, the Taliban began arresting and executing Afghan National Army fighters and their families.

Thousands chose to flee the country, with most escaping to Tajikistan and Iran. Others fled to Uzbekistan and Turkey. If they were lucky enough to escape the clutches of the Taliban, they found severe poverty awaiting them.

Many understandably felt betrayed and abandoned by their Americans allies. “Tell your American readers that we never capitulated, we never showed disloyalty to our country,” one man, who wished to only be identified as Juma, told this author. “America left us.”

“We have our honor and never desired welfare or a visa from the United States,” another soldier named Afshin told me. “We only wanted to avoid beheadings and turning our female family members into sex slaves by the Taliban.”

Afshin served in U.S.-aligned reconnaissance units dating all the way back to 2007. Before he fled the country, Afshin destroyed the most lethal American weapons that he had access to so that the Taliban could not use them, including helicopters and airplanes.

Another former Afghan commando, Syed Ahmad Nouri, now scavenges for food to feed his family under the cover of darkness near Mashhad in Iran. A former top Afghan Interior Ministry official has been forced to clean garbage bins near Abadan, paid just enough so that his children will not starve. Both were trained by leading U.S. and NATO specialists, and both are on the Taliban’s most wanted list.

These conditions have created a ripe opportunity for the Russian mercenaries to take advantage of the pain and suffering of the Afghan warriors. Some former commandos have even described the Wagner Group’s offer as “manna from heaven” or “salvation from evil.” Wagner Group representatives reportedly offer Russian citizenship, a $3,000 monthly wage plus $500 per child, and full reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs. Wagner recruiters reportedly emphasize safety for the families of the soon-to-be mercenaries, understanding that this is their chief concern

Still, many recognize the bitter irony that they are now fighting for the same Russian Army that killed millions of Afghans during the Soviet Union’s 10-year war in the country, and the same army now visiting that same destruction on Ukraine. Many of the horrifying crimes against humanity committed by the Soviets have gone unpunished, with Gorbachev announcing amnesty in 1989. Juma said this is why he would never join the Russians, but added that he was aware of at least 100 former Afghan soldiers who had joined the Wagner Group since last November.

Afghan recruits are particularly prized for their inside knowledge of U.S. tactics and weapons systems, which are now being sent to Ukraine. According to former Afghan soldiers, Wagner offered at least a few dozen the job of military trainers in the pre-combat camps near Rostov. A popular Russian military social media chat, Sladkoff, also alleged that last year private Russian firms transported some American heavy military equipment from Afghanistan to these camps.

Some U.S. military personnel who were active in Afghanistan and served alongside these commandos have forcefully denounced Biden’s abandonment of American allies. Thomas Kasza, an American special forces soldier who helped train Afghan soldiers, penned a gut-wrenching op-ed in the New York Times late last month detailing what many like him are now feeling. “The country we bled for to keep free is gone, and the very weapon we created to keep oppression at bay has been co-opted by tyranny,” Kasza writes.

“As the new Congress prepares to investigate the withdrawal and how it went so disastrously wrong,” Kasza continued, “it should examine not only the lead-up to those dramatic days in August 2021 when the Taliban swept into Kabul, but also what happened — and is currently happening — in the wake of their victory. How those who safeguarded American troops are actively hunted. How they’ve suffered under the Taliban. How our government turned a blind eye.”

For two decades, Afghan soldiers were proud to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S. military, hoping their mission would finally bring lasting peace to a war-torn country. But now, peace is nowhere to be found, and it is Moscow, not Washington, extending the offer of assistance – even if that assistance comes at a terrible price.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.

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George
George
1 year ago

God bless Afghan soldiers. Biden is a loser.

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

It is a shame what’s been done to these people. I thought that most Afghan soldiers had to remember the Soviet’s cruelty, and they would not join Russia. But it does not justify what WH did. I wish that we could change Biden this year.

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

“We have our honor and never desired welfare or a visa from the United States,” I was not a soldier but a civilian engineer in our base in Aviano, Italy. We did hydraulics for jets and other stuff. I traveled to Kabul from time to time and got to know some of these people. It is true what he said. These are humble and hard-working people. It was sufficient to find some assignments and relocate them to the region. I was shocked that they had left them there.

Julie
Julie
1 year ago

He didn’t even mention this disaster in his speech. It is the father of the majority of current troubles. I agree with Senator Cotton, who said the Ukraine war is about our future. Sadly, imponderables are not honored among some Conservatives who only look at their playgrounds. Unlike Ronald Reagan, John Ashbrook, Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Richard Nixon, or George Washington – and all who made our America great.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 year ago

For the life of me, I cannot understand how the Military can stand Biden after that “stunt” in Afghanistan. (But then you have high ranking knuckleheads like Mark Milley which would explain a lot)

Eve
Eve
1 year ago

I may be alone, but I am afraid it is not Biden a problem only anymore. Many on our side lost the ability to choose intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced, and moderate representatives. Founding Fathers conditioned our Republic on the power of Americans to elect such people. I do not believe we made education accessible to raise such people. Too many are reaching for office to pursue their career only. If it does not change, America will be in even more trouble.
Our debate is mainly reduced to yelling or discussing unimportant aspects of things. I like AMAC because, here, shouting does not dominate the discussion.

Dennis Math
Dennis Math
1 year ago

“Threatening the US war effort in Ukraine”?? WHAT? The US supposedly is anything but in a war against Russia in or out of Ukraine. Or at least the US hasn’t had the guts to declare one most likely because its widely known we would lose. “We” haven’t been on the winning side of any war since 1945 and have lost to such “superpowers” as the Vietnamese, the Iraqis, The Afghans…..Syrians……on and on and on. The US is some 28% behind its recruiting goals despite vastly lowering standards both intellectual and physical……even emotional. So good ole America is instead enriching its military corporate donors by funneling military equipment in for a quickly dwindling number of Ukraine press ganged conscripts to try to use before they are splashed across the fields of eastern Ukraine…..while wearing swastikas and totenkampfs
Source better writers AMAC for Gods sake.

EMG
EMG
1 year ago

I bet someone would right now like to have the billions of dollars worth of equipment our incompetent administration left behind in Afghanistan. Seems like the Ukraines could find some use for it.

Vicky
Vicky
1 year ago

To correct one historical record falsely described by a Russian troll.

We went to Vietnam to kick out Russians/Soviets. It was not a lost war, but the media and some elites wanted it to look that way. If one reads former Czechoslovak military official, a defector who discusses what the U.S. achieved in Vietnam, and Norman Podhoretz also emphasized it in his book, then one knows that it was a strategic victory for the United States. Since then, world communism led by Moscow could not easily portray itself as a “global peaceful force.” But these two authors point out many other facts that many libertarians are ignorant of. With reading books, not browsing the Internet, that knowledge can’t be absorbed. No, podcasts, videos, or shows are futile, mostly dumbing down. It is necessary to get to the National Archives and ask for documents. Sit down at the desk, read, and study – if one wants to learn what happened in Vietnam. Sloganeering does not help…

But it is just one matter,

Jerry
Jerry
1 year ago

General Milley and the Secretary of Defense are in the process of destroying our military with the “Woke” philosophy. May God bless our military.

NinaRae
NinaRae
1 year ago

Do you really think it’s a GOOD idea to print the possible locations of these men who were Allie’s the USA? What a despicable way to treat them! Use some common sense! They have enough problems in their lives. May God bless them & give them strength to get thru this trying time.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Come on MAN !! Uncle Joe needs to give the Commies our first of our line Abrams , our F-22 ‘s and God knows what else is floating around on the battle field to help the commies have a look at . Maybe even a stealth helicopter to have them look at that even , like slick did .

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Giving the enemy all those weapons and betraying those soldiers that fought alongside us should be an impeachable offense. is anyone looking into that?

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

Our enemies are using the $80 billion of OUR weapons against us and our allies with nary a peep from the media and the “journalists.” Not to mention that Joey had nearly emptied both our oil reserves and our current military ordnance!

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

The contrast of how deceitful, cowardly Joe Biden lives compared to the frightful demeaning conditions experienced by special forces Afghan soldiers who were betrayed by the Biden administration could not be any more pronounced. It sickens my heart to see feckless Joe Biden living a life of comfort and luxury while true heroes are having to live like hunted, starving dogs.

William R Baker
William R Baker
1 year ago

This is a Great and another eye opening result of Biden’s withdrawal debacle in Afghanistan.

These highly trained and skilled Afghan Freedom Fighters are an even bigger asset to Russia than all of the Advanced Military Equipment that Biden left behind with them.

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

Stop playing ping pong this is not a game. These are real people…real lives…with real families!
Real Americans! Why is this just a conversation??????

phoenix
phoenix
1 year ago

There should be no “American war effort in Ukraine”

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

Putin is a thug and a killer, having said that he does not want NATO (beholden to the NWO GREAT RESET) on his back door step. The US has some 46 bio labs in Ukraine, some have been destroyed by now and Putin is tired of it. It is now public knowledge our CIA directed theNavy to plant the explosives that blew up NORDSTREAM pipelines. Our government needs purged of all the evil.

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