Report: Taliban bribed Afghan army to abandon posts in some provinces

Report: Taliban bribed Afghan army to abandon posts in some provinces
Taliban fighters. AP video

[Ed. – Of course they did.  An important question is who bankrolled this effort.  The Taliban controlled little of the country at the time the bribing operation was said to be ongoing; it’s not like the Taliban could make their usual ration off the opium trade.  Pakistan and even Qatar, which has been hosting Taliban negotiators for years, are obvious suspects.]

[T]he pace of the collapse appears to have stunned the liberal media. How did this happen? Well, for quite some time the Taliban just paid off local Afghan officials including the national army. RedState’s Hollie McKay had the scoop

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The Washington Post also wrote about this disaster (via WaPo):

The spectacular collapse of Afghanistan’s military that allowed Taliban fighters to walk into the Afghan capital Sunday despite 20 years of training and billions of dollars in American aid began with a series of deals brokered in rural villages between the militant group and some of the Afghan government’s lowest-ranking officials.

The deals, initially offered early last year, were often described by Afghan officials as cease-fires, but Taliban leaders were in fact offering money in exchange for government forces to hand over their weapons, according to an Afghan officer and a U.S. official. …

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