A lot has gone wrong with the evacuations from Afghanistan. This was acknowledged by outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs Kaag in a debate with the House of Representatives. She called it “a bitter fact”.
According to the minister, the Netherlands acted on the basis of five wrong assumptions around the fall of the Afghan capital. “What I’m saying is that we apparently had a whole blind spot in how bad and how quickly it would get that bad.”
Kaag was the first to mention the advance of the Taliban, which came faster than expected. “They were surprised themselves.” In addition, the “relative weakness” of the Afghan armed forces was a surprise. “We expected more from the steadfastness and the training.”
Dependence on the Americans
The third erroneous assumption was the rate at which Kabul would fall and the fourth was the assessment of the security risks around the airport, from which the evacuations were ultimately to take place.
The last setback that Kaag mentioned was the dependence on the Americans, who were in charge of the airport at the time of the evacuations. “The high level of reliance on the US has negatively impacted planning.”
Kaag further said that she does not want to speak of “a total failure”, because many people have worked very hard on the evacuations. “The Netherlands was the only country that worked 24 hours a day.”
Earlier in the debate, which started at 3 p.m. this afternoon, the cabinet was strongly criticized. MPs were unhappy about the speed of evacuation and the fact that interpreters and others are still trapped in the country
Minister Kaag: in Kabul evacuations, wrong assumptions were made
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