Despite a two-decade-long military campaign in Afghanistan, the Taliban seized power last year in a landslide. Although no country in the world recognizes this group, they still hold the power of Kabul.
Even under the Taliban, women’s education and women’s freedom are being questioned. In this situation, the British Defense Minister Ben Wallace commented that the two decades long military campaign of the US-led Western countries in Afghanistan has failed.
“We have been in Afghanistan for 20 years, working for the country’s security, economic development and expansion of education but ultimately failed,” he said at a ceremony in London, the UK capital, ahead of the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.
In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Anglo-US forces invaded Afghanistan later that year to teach the al-Qaeda network. They tried to reform the political, economic and social infrastructure of Afghanistan for 21 years,
but they were forced to leave the country on August 15 last year after completing the campaign.
The British defense minister also said at a ceremony organized to commemorate the hundreds of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, that talking about the defeat in front of the families of the fallen soldiers means that their children have lost their lives in vain.
“We left the Afghan people alone,” said Ben Wallace, “the West did not want to stay in Afghanistan forever, and we left the country under the control of the Taliban and the Haqqani network.”
The British defense minister also said, “When we did not want to be in Afghanistan, we should not have invaded the country 20 years ago.”