Swift Taliban takeover leaves US image in tatters

A wall mural painted on the wall of US embassy in Kabul on July 30, 2021, days before an evacuation

After two decades in Afghanistan, America’s longest war was ending with the image of the United States in tatters.

“America’s credibility as an ally is diminished because of the way the Afghan government was abandoned beginning with the Doha talks,” said Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, referring to the deal last year in the Qatari capital with the Taliban in which the United States set a pullout timeline.

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