The fall of Kabul: The fateful choices that led to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan – The Washington Post

Comment by tonytran2015: The Taliban did NOT want to be blamed for the chaos in Kabul.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/28/taliban-takeover-kabul/

…In a hastily arranged in-person meeting, senior U.S. military leaders in

Doha — including McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command — spoke
with Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political wing.

“We have a problem,” Baradar said, according to the U.S. official. “We have
two options to deal with it: You [the United States military] take
responsibility for securing Kabul or you have to allow us to do it.”

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