General Barrons: Afghanistan-Rückzug schwerer Fehler

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Sir Richard Barrons.

In Grossbritannien warnt General Richard Barrons vor dem endgültigen Abzug der NATO aus Afghanistan. In einem BBC-Interview nannte er den Rückzug einen schweren Fehler. Wenn die Taliban die Oberhand erringen, werde Afghanistan wieder das, was es vor dem 11. September 2001 gewesen war:

  • die Basis für den internationalen Terror, der damals mit den Anschlägen in New York und Washington den traurigen Tiefpunkt erreicht hatten;
  • der Ort für die Ausbildungslager terroristischer Organixationen, das Land, wo Terrorchefs ihre Mörderbanden ungehindert trainieren;
  • das Refugium für Terroristen, ih Rückzugs- und Erholungsgebiet.

 

Der Guardian fasst Barrons’ Auftritt wie folgt zusammen:

Afghanistan could once again become a base for international terrorism, according to a former senior UK military commander who has described the withdrawal of western troops as a “strategic mistake”.

As the Taliban continued to make sweeping territorial gains, Gen Sir Richard Barrons warned that attacks in Europe could be the outcome of groups re-establishing themselves in the country.

“I don’t believe it’s in our own interest – in making that decision to leave we’ve not only, I think, sold the future of Afghanistan into a very difficult place, we’ve also sent a really unfortunate message to the west’s allies in the Gulf and Africa and Asia,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World This Weekend.

The former head of UK joint forces command, which linked the air force, Royal Navy and army, was speaking as three more regional capitals in Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, bringing the number to have fallen since Friday to five.

Kunduz nach dem Fall am 8. August 2021.