The French newspaper “Le Figaro” said that after 20 years of US intervention in Afghanistan and 10 years of eliminating Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda has expanded all over the world, and that the Taliban movement has never been closer to restoring power in Kabul than it is. It down today.
The newspaper saw in what it called the Afghanistan saga a geopolitical version of the Frankenstein novel written by the English writer Mary Shelley in the nineteenth century, which tells about a surgeon who searches for the secret of life and creates a creature from the remains of corpses trying to blow into the soul with electricity, to unleash a terrible monster that killed His brother and his wife before he himself killed him.
Le Figaro says that the late Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (1957-2011) began training in weapons with the Afghan mujahideen during their war against the Soviets (1979-1989), at the “Service Bureau”, a body that at that time was funding and training Muslim volunteers with the support of The CIA, whose aim was only to expel the Red Army from Afghanistan.
However, after the Russian withdrawal in 1989, the Mujahideen did not intend to stop there, so the service bureau turned into what became known as “Al Qaeda”, which is – according to the newspaper – “a multinational Islamic organization specialized in exporting terrorism.”
Then – as Le Figaro says – the wealthy Osama bin Laden took the initiative and trained fighters to kill “Crusaders” around the world, so Al Qaeda sent its soldiers to Chechnya, Algeria and Bosnia, then began planning from Afghanistan, which he settled in in 1996, with the arrival of the Taliban. He came to power in Kabul, for his attacks on former sponsors, targeting the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, before matters reached a climax with the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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The French newspaper says that the US response to the attack was immediate, so it invaded Afghanistan at the head of an international coalition at the end of 2001, seeking to destroy Al Qaeda camps and overthrow the Taliban accused of harboring and protecting them. The Taliban lost power and even pursued bin Laden and was able to kill him in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
At that time, US President Barack Obama announced that “justice has been achieved,” but Al-Qaeda – according to Le Figaro – continued to expand, thus there became Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and most importantly, Al Qaeda in Iraq, where all the jihadist components decided to merge with each other in a year. 2006, forming the Islamic State of Iraq, but the new organization and Al Qaeda quickly turned into two rivals, then two enemies.
After two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan, the situation has not become better, and here is Washington, which was unable to secure the country, and decided to withdraw its last soldiers before September 11, 2021, after direct negotiations with the Taliban, provided that the movement is committed to combating terrorism, as the newspaper says in a cynical tone. Advertising
The newspaper concluded its article that the results of the American saga in Afghanistan are 150,000 dead and a loss of two trillion dollars, as well as the transformation of Afghanistan into a narcotic country and the largest producer of heroin in the world, after the Taliban’s rule eliminated poppy cultivation, and the movement that controls most Afghan lands is close. From access to the capital, cable.