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Afghanistan: How Qatar swapped roles with Egypt to serve US interests

By Mourad R. Kamel
Posted on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 16:24, updated on Thursday, 9 September 2021 13:35

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the Baghdad summit in Baghdad, Iraq, August 28, 2021. Qatar News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

In the blink of an eye, on 15 August, Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, again, in just under four months. Despite US and British presence for two decades there, the Afghan army was unable to fend off the jihadist fighters; but the might of the Taliban did not just grow overnight. There are people from all over the world, particularly in Africa, and namely Egypt, who have helped along the way.