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Afghanistan’s former president Ghani defends sudden departure

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The former president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, has defended his flight from the country in mid-August as the Taliban closed in on Kabul. He told the British broadcaster BBC that his flight was not planned and that he did it to prevent bloodshed in the city. “On the morning of that day, I had no inkling that by late afternoon I will be leaving,” he said. His national security advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, was “literally terrified” and gave him “not more than two minutes” to decide what to do. “Only when we took off did it become clear that we were leaving. So this really was sudden,” he said. E…

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