British Prime Minister Boris Johnson going so far as to pin the blame on President Joe Biden and the United States.
- “I think it is very important that the West should work collectively to get over to that new government – be it by the Taliban or anybody else – that nobody wants Afghanistan once again to be a breeding ground for terror and we don’t think it is in the interests of the people of Afghanistan that it should lapse back into that pre-2001 status,” Johnson told Sky News.
- The comments come as the security situation in Afghanistan has quickly deteriorated, with the Taliban staging an offensive that has taken over large swaths of the country. The group has now closed in on the capital city of Kabul.
- Biden has responded by sending roughly 5,000 American troops back to the country to help secure the exit of Americans.
- As conditions on the ground continue to worsen, Johnson sought to distance his country from blame for the situation, making clear that the U.K.’s role in the conflict ended years ago.