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West underestimated Taliban, Angela Merkel tells German lawmakers

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed lawmakers on Wednesday to give her response to the chaotic events that have taken place in Afghanistan in the past 10 days, amid calls for a parliamentary enquiry. Addressing the issue of why the events came as such a surprise to the international community, Merkel said that the Western powers had underestimated how “breathtakingly quickly the Afghan security forces would give up their resistance to the Taliban after the troop withdrawal.” In retrospect, she said, it was easy to say what should have been done, but decisions had to be made as events unf…

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