‘Afghanistan Isn’t Vietnam’: First VP Amrullah Saleh Claims He is the ‘Caretaker President’


The Joe Biden administration argues that the US’ primary objective of “degrading” al-Qaeda, which was behind the 9/11 terror attacks, has been accomplished and that Washington never went into Afghanistan with the motive of “creating a unified, centralised democracy”.

Afghanistan’s first Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Tuesday said that he was assuming charge as the nation’s “caretaker president”, as he cited the nation’s constitution that affords him the power to do so “in the absence” of the president.

​Saleh’s remarks come barely a couple of days after it was reported that Afghanistan’s last President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country after the capital Kabul fell to Taliban militants. Saleh, known to be a close aide of Ghani, said in a defiant tweet on 15 August that he wouldn’t surrender to the Taliban.

​In another tweet on Tuesday, Saleh also rebutted criticism of the Afghan civilian government by US President Joe Biden, as he sought to reassure his American partners that “Afghanistan isn’t Vietnam” and the Taliban wasn’t like the Viet Cong.

​Saleh is now organising an anti-Taliban armed resistance from Panjshir, one of the only remaining provinces in Afghanistan which the Taliban hasn’t captured yet. Located in Afghanistan’s north-eastern part, Panjshir is also the bastion of the erstwhile Northern Alliance and the birthplace of its founder Ahmad Shah Massoud.

The new anti-Taliban force is reportedly…

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