As a terrorist attack targeting the perimeter of Kabul airport by Daesh * -Khorasan killed 13 US servicemen and dozens of Afghan civilians trying to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a chorus of voices questioned US President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw his forces from the war-torn country.
Former President Trump, who did not mince words in his vehement criticism of his successor Joe Biden’s handling of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, weighed on the volatile situation in Kabul.
As dozens of civilians and 13 U.S. servicemen died in Thursday’s terror attack on the airport perimeter in the Afghan capital amid the botched evacuation, he bragged that while he was at the White House, his administration had wiped out two “monsters”: Qasem Soleimani, the former head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force and Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Trump, speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday, compared al Qaeda leader and mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, killed by the United States under President of the United States. time, Barack Obama, to the two “nastier” terrorists that he had managed to follow him.
The ex-POTUS boasted that Osama bin Laden “had a blow”, while the terrorists he oversaw the elimination were much “bigger”.
“Osama bin Laden had a blow, and it was a bad one, in New York, the World Trade Center. But those other two guys were monsters. They were monsters. And I kept saying for years why don’t they get them? For years I have said it. I have them, ”Trump said.
The September 11 attacks were a series of four terrorist attacks coordinated by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda that killed 2,996 people in the United States. The hijackers crashed two planes in the World Trade Center, hijacked another that failed to hit its target, crashing in Shanksville, Pa., And a third that hit the west side of the Pentagon .
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In this file photo from December 24, 1998, al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a select group of journalists in the mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
In the aftermath of the attacks, suspicion fell on al-Qaeda, the United States having officially reacted by launching the war on terrorism and invading Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, who had not responded to Washington’s demands. to expel al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and to extradite al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in 2011 by a group of Navy SEALs who attacked his compound in Pakistan.
Donald Trump went on to praise his administration’s success in dealing with Al-Baghdadi, the founder and leader of Daesh, and one of Iran’s most powerful commanders – General Soleimani.
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Qasem Soleimani (left) pictured alongside Iraqi Shiite militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (center).
“We eliminated the founder of Isis, al-Baghdadi, then of course Soleimani. Now, just so you understand, Soleimani is much taller than Osama bin Laden. The founder of ISIS is several times taller al-Baghdadi than Osama bin Laden, ”Trump told the radio host.
Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who rose to prominence in 2014 when he announced the creation of a “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria, committed suicide on October 27, 2019 According to Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) who oversaw the operation, Baghdadi detonated a suicide belt when he was cornered by American commandos in the North. western Syria. Trump had presented the operation as a major victory amid criticism of his decision to withdraw US troops from northern Syria.
General Qasem Soleimani, the former head of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike ordered by former US President Donald Trump on January 3, 2020. Soleimani was heading to Baghdad International Airport to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister. The assassination was condemned by Tehran as a terrorist act which saw the slain commander hailed as a “martyr”.
During his appearance on The Hugh Hewitt Show, Trump reiterated that what was happening in Afghanistan was a fiasco which was “the most embarrassing moment for our military and for our country.” He criticized Joe Biden who, in his opinion, doesn’t know “what’s going on”. He stressed his own determination in the face of terrorists.
“Isis is tougher than the Taliban and meaner than the Taliban. And Isis was watching, and then they were, they didn’t exist anymore, ”Trump said.
Referring to his negotiated peace deal with the Taliban in February 2020, Trump told Hewitt he would have “bombed hell” on them if they had violated the deal, and “they would never have entered Kabul” .
Trump once again ripped off Biden for “pulling the army out first” in Afghanistan, before the civilians, and “before we got all our gear.”
“A five-year-old was leaving the soldiers. Anyone would leave the soldiers, ”Trump argued.
“I would have taken out all the people who helped us who were in danger… I would have taken the Americans out. I would have brought out other deserving people… then I would have taken all the military equipment. I would then, with the exception of Bagram, bombed all the bases. I would have bombed all the bases. I would have evacuated them, ”said the ex-president.
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Families board a U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 24, 2021
The host asked Trump the question that most worried people about the Kabul airport evacuation as the deadline approaches: “What advice do you advise President Biden to leave the Americans behind?” “
“Number one is to never leave our people behind – the soldiers, the Americans. And they go away, I believe, thousands, thousands. That’s before I get to loyal Afghans, which is a very big topic in itself. You can not do that. I can not do it.
Donald Trump concluded by saying that everything Washington does now is “made a thousand times harder because of Joe Biden’s worst decision.”
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