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The 20-year military engagement in Afghanistan cost the United States more than $ 2 trillion, according to Brown University’s Cost of War project. As of April of this year, 2,448 American soldiers had lost their lives fighting in the country. Another suicide bombing on August 26, claimed by Daesh-Khorasan *, left 13 other US military dead.

Senior Afghan diplomat Ashraf Haidari, currently Kabul’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, said on Wednesday that the 20 years of US occupation of Afghanistan had killed nearly 250,000 civilians and created 3.5 million refugees. , among other costs of the war for his country.

Haidari’s sightings came hours after the last US troops left Afghanistan, more than a fortnight after the Taliban invaded the capital Kabul on August 15.

In a previous interview with Sputnik, Haidari accused the Taliban of destroying 260 public institutions and looting all of them, before setting them on fire.

“They have displaced around 4,000 civil servants and left around 50,000 others unemployed and terrified,” he said last month.

Haidari also said that the disruptions in public services since May this year, when the Taliban launched their national offensive against the elected government of Afghanistan, have affected more than 13 million Afghans.

The Taliban takeover of the Central Asian nation, which has often been described as the “graveyard of empires”, has drawn criticism over the overall purpose of US military engagement in the region for two decades. Shortly after invading Afghanistan to hunt down Al Qaeda * leaders suspected of being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, US-led coalition forces drove the Taliban out of the to be able to.

20 years later, the Islamist formation firmly regains control of the country. The February 2020 “Doha Peace Agreement”, which paved the way for the withdrawal of American and allied troops from the country, stipulates that the Islamist organization will not allow Afghan soil to be used by Al Qaeda or any other threatening terrorist organization. the security of the United States or its allies.

Yet one of the 9/11 masterminds and close associate of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden reportedly returned to Afghanistan this week as US troops completed the withdrawal process.

Social media video of Amin-ul-Haq’s return to Afghanistan surfaced just days after chief Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed there was “no evidence” that bin Laden was involved in the terrorist attacks of September 11.

“When Osama bin Laden became a problem for Americans, he was in Afghanistan. Although there is no evidence that he was involved in 9/11 … Now we have promised that Afghan soil will not be used against anyone, ”said the Taliban official as quoted by the American channel NBC. News.

The US military withdrawal under President Joe Biden has been called “disastrous” by former President Donald Trump, who argued that the United States should have ensured the safe evacuation of its citizens as well as Afghans allies before leaving their military bases.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States would continue to coordinate with the Taliban to evacuate remaining U.S. nationals as well as Afghans wishing to flee the country.

* The Taliban, Daesh-K and Al-Qaeda are terrorist groups banned in Russia and in many other countries.

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