Taliban Seized Afghanistan: A Response from UNS Professor in Middle Eastern Studies
UNS — Afghanistan is experiencing a heating condition after the Taliban successfully entered Kabul and seized the Presidential Palace of Afghanistan, with the President, Ashraf Ghani, fled to Tajikistan before the event commencing. As a result, a great Afghans’ exodus to flee was observed in the airport while foreign countries are trying to evacuate their dignitaries from the country.
Concerning the heating condition in Afghanistan, the Professor in Middle Eastern Studies, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta, Prof. Istadiyantha, stated that the success of the Taliban to seize Afghanistan is inseparable from the weak US government under Biden administration. The remark on Biden’s weak administration was also stated by Donald Trump, Biden’s political rival, who criticize the US 46th President’s policy to withdraw US military troops from Afghanistan in August 2021.
“This (policy) gave an opportunity for Taliban to take control of Afghanistan Presidential Palace, even Kandahar, Ghazni, and Kabul cities that almost all controlled by Taliban,” Prof. Istadiyantha explained to uns.ac.id on Monday (16/8/2021).