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The Afghan Army’s Last Commander On How His Country Really Fell | The Drive

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“I lost my concentration on a certain elite unit that could ensure the safety of Kabul,” said Alizai.

He was too preoccupied with attempting to save his country to realize the dire situation outside of Kabul. Commander of Special Operations Command of the Afghan National Army Haibatullah Alizai, took over as Afghanistan’s Chief of General Staff just days before the Taliban made a push into Kabul, after General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai was removed from the post. Alizai claims officers disregarded a plan he placed on their desks months before to avert the collapse. His initial strategy included evacuating Afghan soldiers from 85 to 90 percent of the nation and concentrating them in four to six locations. With his men dispersed too widely and local officials negotiating with the Taliban, it was impossible to halt the assault.

He said he planned to employ Afghan forces to construct a “ring of steel” around Kabul and protect the city from Taliban control until at least 2024. According to him, the international community offered $3.2 billion to assist pay a permanent army of 120,000 Afghans.

More than 125 Afghan Special Forces soldiers remained at Kandahar Airfield, where the Taliban attempted to reach them. The Americans requested that he dispatches a C-130 to rescue the soldiers, whose arrest by the Taliban would result in certain death. “I don’t want to lose the partners and friends who have stuck with me through thick and thin,” said Alizai. One of the two C-130s at HKIA was ready to go, but it was laden with more than 200 passengers, most of whom were pilots’ families eager to depart Afghanistan.

Source: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/the-last-general-afghanistans-top-commander-on-how-his-country-really-fell

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