A aircraft believed to be carrying fleeing Afghan navy personnel was shot down by Uzbekistan’s air-defense system after it crossed into the neighboring nation’s airspace, officers within the capital, Tashkent, revealed on Monday.
A spokesman for the Uzbek Defense Ministry advised RIA Novosti that, on Sunday night time, “the air defense forces of the Air Force of Uzbekistan suppressed an attempt to illegally cross the air border of Uzbekistan by an Afghan military aircraft.”
Reports from native media point out that the 2 pilots on board the jet survived the crash, touchdown by parachute. Earlier that day, authorities spokesman Bakhrom Zulfikarov advised TASS that the crash had occurred in a single day, and that “details of the incident are currently being confirmed.“
Ashraf Ghani, the now-ousted president who had headed the US-backed Afghan authorities since 2014, left the nation on Sunday, and a number of sources mentioned he had flown to Uzbekistan together with a detailed group of advisors. The Russian Embassy in Kabul has since mentioned he tried to depart with giant portions of money and valuables.
“As for the collapse of the regime, it is best explained by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan,” press secretary Nikita Ishchenko mentioned. “Four cars were filled with money and they tried to shove the other part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit. And so, some of the money was left behind on the runway.”
US-trained troopers had been seen abandoning their checkpoints over the weekend because the Taliban (a prohibited terrorist group in Russia) rolled in the direction of the capital. According to a 2019 examine by Brown University, Washington has spent round $978 billion in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2001, together with arming, equipping and drilling native troops.
Just over every week in the past, American President Joe Biden mentioned that native forces outnumbered the Taliban and that the autumn of the capital wouldn’t be “inevitable.” However, on Sunday, Washington flew its ambassador in a foreign country as smoke rose above its embassy, following directions to destroy delicate supplies to be able to stop them falling into the arms of the Taliban.
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