Afghan president fled Kabul with vehicles full of money & was pressured to desert some loot on airport runway, Russian embassy claims

The Western-backed former Afghan chief, Ashraf Ghani, departed his nation with a lot cash that it couldn’t all match on his helicopter, and he was pressured to go away some money on the airport, the Russian Embassy in Kabul has mentioned.

Speaking to RIA Novosti, its spokesman Nikita Ishchenko dubbed Ghani’s escape an “eloquent characterization” of the autumn of the “regime.”

“Four cars were stuffed with money. [They] tried to fit all the money on the helicopter, but not all of it fit. Some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” he defined, with out elaborating how he obtained the knowledge.

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Ghani grew to become president of Afghanistan in September 2014, marking the primary time within the nation’s historical past that energy was democratically transferred. Since his election, Ghani has loved an in depth relationship with the US, which has pumped almost a trillion {dollars} into the nation. According to a 2019 research by Brown University within the US, Washington has spent round $978 billion in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001.

The state of affairs in Afghanistan has intensified previously few weeks. On Sunday, Taliban militants entered the capital, Kabul, and declared that they’d taken management of the whole nation. The group is acknowledged in Russia as a terrorist group. On the identical day, Ghani fled the nation, claiming that he had resigned and escaped to forestall any bloodshed within the capital. According to preliminary studies, he was flown to Tajikistan.

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On Monday, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem declared that the conflict in Afghanistan was over and referred to as for peace.

The Taliban’s victory got here after the US determined to withdraw its troops from the nation. In April, US President Joe Biden declared that he had determined to finish the operation in Afghanistan – essentially the most protracted overseas army marketing campaign in US historical past. All troops have been scheduled to go away by September 11, almost 20 years after the conflict started.

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