Skip to main content

How Big Is the Defeat:at Least 14 in Taliban Cabinet on Unsc's Terrorism Blacklist

An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.



After the trade towers were blown up in 2001 and subsequent terror attacks President George Bush made a public commitment to wipe out Al-Qaeda and their supporters the Taliban. But somewhere down the line, the Americans lost focus and Afghanistan became a secondary theater of war.

It is churlish to point out now but the fact remains that the mujahedin was the creation of the CIA. We have all heard of the grapes of wrath and this is really what happened because the Americans lost focus again after the defeat of the Soviet Union and melted away living a massive cache of arms in Afghanistan. How silly the Americans can get when we remember that one of the Rambo series of films began with a dedication to the bravery of the Taliban.

Having said this, the fact remains that the American war effort was half-hearted and history tells us that any guerrilla operation which is being operated from the sanctuary of a foreign country has never been subdued. The same thing happened in Vietnam and Americans learned no lessons. It was repeated in Afghanistan where the Taliban leadership took refuge in Pakistan and their fighters continued to play the double game and waged war against the legitimate government. Why the Americans for two decades never attacked the terrorist havens in Pakistan will remain the million-dollar question of the century.

The net result is the Americans were totally defeated and now like a dog with his tail behind its legs have retreated. This is a very sad point in American history that such a situation should be allowed to develop. The American Armed Forces can't really be blamed as they were under great political pressure from the leadership right from the time of George Bush to Biden

America has nearly 50,000 troops in Europe and another 30,000 in South Korea but somehow the Americans decided that they did not want to maintain even 3000 in Afghanistan. The man who set the ball rolling was Donald Trump. I cannot understand the logic of this man having started negotiations with the very men who had launched the terror attacks

Joe Biden is the main culprit because he was the vice president when Obama was president. He was always of the view that the military be disregarded and the American forces pulled out from Afghanistan. This was perhaps part of an understanding he had with the Chinese, as his son was receiving pecuniary benefits. When he came president, he again disregarded the opinion of the top generals of the US Army and insisted on an immediate withdrawal.

The net result is that America has no face to show to the world because the men who were branded as terrorists and faced sanctions, as well as millions of dollars worth of bounty on their heads, are now ruling Afghanistan. What are the American children going to be taught in history? will they be taught the truth or maybe some more lies like Joe Biden is mouthing?


Terrorist cabinet

My mind sometimes becomes blank and I am unable to think especially with regard to Afghanistan. What the United States did under Joe Biden and earlier Donald Trump by negotiating with the terrorists is something which I am not able to understand. The fruit is now before us. At least 14 members of the Taliban's interim government in Kabul are on the UN Security Council's terrorism blacklist. This includes acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund and his deputies. Specially designated global terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani, who carries a reward of $10-million US bounty on his head. To top it he is the acting interior minister. Acting Defence Minister Mullah Yaqoob, acting Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, and his deputy Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai are all listed under the UNSC 1988 Sanctions Committee.

What has the world come to? China and Russia along with Pakistan are backing this terrorist organization. It is a sad day for the world. A terrorist organization now rules the nation all because the world did not unite to throw this regime in the Arabian Sea. One man who stands out in all this is Joe Biden because he was the man at the helm of affairs piloting the American ship during this critical juncture. To say that Trump started the negotiations is neither here nor there because it was Biden who had to bite the bullet.

The 33-member interim Cabinet includes four of the five leaders known as the “TalibanFive ” These men were once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison. They were regarded as "dangerous terrorists." They include Mullah Mohammad Fazil (deputy defence minister), Khairullah Khairkhwa (information and culture minister), Mullah Noorullah Noori (Borders and Tribal Affairs minister), and Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq (Director of Intelligence).

The fifth member of the group, Mohammad Nabi Omari, has been appointed as governor of eastern Khost Province recently. Acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan has been described as “a close associate” of Taliban founder Mullah Omar in a UN sanctions report. It is worth remembering that Mullah Omar died in Pakistan at Quet ta where he had been given refuge. Both Deputy Prime Ministers — Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Maulvi Abdul Salam Hanafi, are involved in drug trafficking, are also on the UN blacklist

Protests but Taliban cracks down on them

Protests but Taliban cracks down on them

The future

The future looks very murky because most of the western countries have removed their embassies from Kabul but the Russian, Chinese, Pakistanis, and Iranian are staying put. At this juncture, the only ally for America in Southeast Asia is India and Biden has quickly realized this. I think there is a meeting of the QUAD in Washington with the Indian Prime Minister Modi attending.

The battle is not yet lost and if the Americans can keep their nerve the Taliban can be paid back in the same coin. There is a lot of opposition to the Taliban as can be seen by the recent demonstration by the woman against the Taliban and Pakistan. This demonstration was broken by special troops of the Taliban but is a pointer that everything is not hunky-dory for the Taliban.

Scroll to Continue

Taliban need money and despite the support from China they will need international help and if the Americans can enforce the blockade, the Taliban will be hard-pressed. There is already an insurrection in the Punjshere Valley and this can spread. There is every chance that any insurrection commences against the Taliban it will make life miserable for these terrorists.

There is already thinking about Pakistan in the US think tank that Pakistan is playing a double game. It is about time the bull is caught by the horns and action is taken against Pakistan. In fact, had action been taken against Pakistan, the results in Afghanistan would have been different.

Russians definitely are not going to support the Taliban because they remember what all happened to them when they were in Afghanistan and I understand the Russian military advisor is also in New Delhi. I will only say that nothing is lost. One can lose one war but the end result can be different. The crucial point is for the Americans to keep their nerve; apply the sanctions and carry out the military bombardment of terror group center camps. At the same time put pressure on Pakistan and force it to dismantle the sanctuaries of the Taliban. The key to victory in Afghanistan is Pakistan and this is where the American military which has been advocating action against Pakistan for many decades must be given a hearing.

As a student of history, I am aware of what can happen in Afghanistan and I have a feeling that nothing is lost. But it will require a herculean effort and steely nerves to proceed further to even scores with the Taliban which in any case are not gods chosen people.


MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 17, 2021:

John, thanks, yes, the battle is not over.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 17, 2021:

Thank you, Chitra, for commenting.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 17, 2021:

Of course, this is all very concerning, MG. As you say, all is not lost yet. We have to wait and see how the rest of the world deals with this. I just wish we learned from the mistakes of the past. We often don't before it is too late.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 17, 2021:

Such a sad state of affairs, and scary too. Great analytical article, M G Singh Ji.

Thank you for sharing!

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 17, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela, its a sad tale. But the fact is as Rumer Godam has written not going to Afghanistan is not going to solve the problem, as the enemy will come at the door. The Taliban and their ilk ( Al Qaeda and ISIS) have vowed to destroy the west.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 17, 2021:

The Afghanistan problems seems never ending. No country has been able to defeat the ones that are violent. I feel bad for those left behind, but I hope we never go back. I wish the withdrawal would have been handled differently.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 15, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, your comment is welcome.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 15, 2021:

Thanks, Tom, Pakistan is the beneficiary but those who ride the tiger are eaten by it. Pakistan will face the music soon.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 15, 2021:

Thanks, Bill, I also wish we could forget Afghanistan, but it's not easy. A leopard does not change its spots and I don't think that the Taliban is going to change..

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2021:

It is a sad situation all around! Afghanistan is and remains an unsettled part of the world, and no country's intervention, no matter the cause, has seemed to help. The future does not bode well. It is a very sad situation for the people who live there, and the world.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 15, 2021:

I wish we could just forget about Afghanistan and move on with life here in the U.S., but we will surely have another Afghanistan to muddle into in the near future. It's what we do. The mistakes never end.

tom on September 15, 2021:

1933 -1973 zahir shah ruled afghanistan,but 73 coup communism,1979 til date civilwar,when will it last ,only beneficiary pakistan which got us aid,china wants natural gas and oil in afghanistan

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on September 15, 2021:

David, thank you for your comment. Its a sad state what I have suggested is just a hypothetical case ;one that is possible but you may be right that Biden who just ran away cannot pull up his socks and confront the Taliban again. Its against his mental makeup. I have written all this requires a steely response and you may be right that Biden is not the man to lead the response. Thankfully he will be out after 3 years but yes, he would have sunk America by then.

David Isaac on September 15, 2021:

A very relevant topic that on the face signifies a bad time for democracy. The victory of a Taliban organization that has started its stint in governance by releasing Al Qaeda and ISIS fighters is a bad sign. More can be expected . China has given a $30 billion credit for essentials and is a sign the USA cannot ignore. This man joe Biden has gone about his task in a manner like he was fighting just to win the American election. He forgot that there is more to it than just that and in the bargain has made America the subject of jeers all over. I wonder how the people can tolerate him. He is now on the back foot. You have suggested that all is not lost and the Taliban can be confronted at there own game but Joe Biden is not the man to lead on this score

Related Articles