Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani defends fleeing country

Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani defends fleeing country

The former Afghan president, who fled the country and deserted his people when the Taliban marched into Kabul, said he ​made a run for it to “keep the guns silent.”

Ashraf Ghani said he decided to leave at the urging of palace security officials who feared his presence could spark “horrific street to street fighting” like Kabul saw during the civil war in the 1990s.​

“​Leaving Kabul was the most difficult decision of my life, but I believed it was the only way to keep the guns silent and save Kabul and her 6 million citizens,”​ Ghani, who had been Afghanistan’s president since 2014, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. 

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He fled to the United Arab Emirates ​on Aug. 15 as Taliban fighters toppled the government and took over the Presidential Palace — where they posed for photos, marking the extremist group’s lightning-fast takeover in the wake of President Joe Biden’s hasty withdrawal of US troops.

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