BORIS Johnson has blamed the US for the advancement of the Taliban in Afghanistan, claiming President Biden “accelerated” their control.
The Prime Minister said the “difficult” situation had been exacerbated by the President’s decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.
In the wake of the Cobra meeting, Boris said it was “fair to say the US decision to pull out has accelerated things, but this has in many ways been a chronicle of an event foretold.”
He urged the West to come together to stop Afghanistan again becoming a “breeding ground for terrorism”, after the Defence Select Committee chairman warned of terrorist attacks on the West “on the scale of 9/11.”
Mr Johnson told Sky News: “I think we’ve known for some time this is the way things were going and as I said before, this is a mission whose military component really ended for the UK in 2014, what we’re dealing with now is the very likely advent of a new regime in Kabul, we don’t know exactly what kind of a regime that will be.”
The PM then made clear that the Government’s priority is to “make sure we deliver on our obligations to UK nationals in Afghanistan, to all those who have helped the British effort… over 20 years and to get them out as fast as we can.”
Tory MPs blasted the crisis “the biggest single foreign policy disaster since Suez”.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today fled the country after the Taliban stormed the capital Kabul and seized his palace.
Militants demanded a “peaceful transfer of power” while thousands rushed to escape the increasingly concerning situation.
The fanatics have released 5,000 prisoners and taken control of the air base as the government dramatically collapsed this afternoon.
It comes hours after the Taliban took control of Jalalabad and means they now have seized every city in the war-torn country.
The speed of their victory has shaken the world and came just weeks after troops from the US, UK and other Nato countries left Afghanistan.
A few days ago United States officials predicted it would take 30 days for the Taliban to reach Kabul – and 90 to take the city – but they have swept all before them in a terrifying rampage.
Twenty years after they were ejected by the US and its allies in the wake of 9/11 they stand on the brink of being back in power.
His colleague Johnny Mercer, who fought in the country, said it was “humiliating”.