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Swift Taliban takeover leaves US image in tatters

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Washington (AFP) – After two decades in Afghanistan, America’s longest war was ending with the image of the United States in tatters. With the swift collapse Sunday of the government in Kabul, the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that triggered the US invasion will be marked with the Taliban back in control of Afghanistan, despite a cost to the United States of nearly 2,500 lives and more than $2 trillion. To some observers, the debacle following the withdrawal of US troops will inevitably weaken the United States on the global stage at a time when President Joe Biden was speaking …

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