Joe Biden to speak on Afghanistan this afternoon – live

Deputy national security adviser calls alarming images from Afghan capital ‘very serious’ and insists Biden remains ‘deeply engaged’Biden faces biggest crisis of presidency over botched withdrawalFollow Afghanistan live news 7.59pm BST German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that she and other global leaders had “misjudged” the Afghan government’s ability to withstand attacks from the Taliban.“This is an extremely bitter development. Bitter, dramatic and terrifying,” the German chancellor said as the Taliban took control of Kabul, per DW News. “Bitter, dramatic and terrifying.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the international community was wrong in its assessment of the situation in Afghanistan, with terrible consequences. pic.twitter.com/LCi8KRCfsu 7.40pm BST Now that the Taliban is taking control of Kabul, one of the group’s cofounders, Abdul Ghani Baradar, is poised to become the next leader of Afghanistan.As the Guardian’s Julian Borger reports, Baradar is the political chief of the Taliban, and he was said to be making his way to Kabul from Doha last night.Pick a lane, Mike pic.twitter.com/ipmSvPACUT Related: Taliban’s Abdul Ghani Baradar is undisputed victor of a 20-year war Continue reading…
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