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#AceDailyNews says here’s todays Newspaper Headlines: The West leaves Afghanistan as EVERYTHING BECOMES THE REVERSE OF ITSELF and Taliban rule returns’ as they immediately change the name back to 20yrs ago to ‘Islamic Caliphate Of Afghanistan’ and the fall of Kabul dominates the front pages, with most featuring images of Taliban fighters in the presidential palace and military helicopters airlifting westerners to safety.

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Almost all of the papers focus on the Taliban capturing Afghanistan’s capital as the country’s government collapsed. The Daily Telegraph says the militant group completed a “lightning takeover” of Afghanistan less than two weeks after seizing their first city in an offensive to recapture territory lost in the Allied invasion of 2001.

Aug.17, 2021: @acenewsservices

Ace News Services says the 20-year Western mission to Afghanistan collapsed in a single dramatic day. Amid scenes of panic, the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country and the US ambassador was evacuated to Kabul airport, abandoning the American embassy.

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Tumultuous scenes were reported at Kabul airport, the Financial Times says, as panicked city residents sought to fly out of Afghanistan and the US embassy warned of a deteriorating security situation. The paper notes that the Taliban’s entry into Kabul was the culmination of an offensive in which the Islamist group often met little armed resistance.

“Escape from Kabul” is the Sun’s headline. The paper says thousands of Britons were being airlifted out of the capital on Sunday night after the UK and US sped up their escape plans.

The parachute regiment is leading the rescue of Britons, the Daily Express reports, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson recalled MPs to discuss the crisis.

The Daily Mirror says the 600-strong force is helping 6,000 Britons to flee. The paper quotes Mr Johnson as saying the US withdrawal of troops had “accelerated things”.

The Metro reports that the Taliban have taken control and that in a “humiliating” echo of the end of the Vietnam war in 1975, helicopters had to airlift embassy staff to safety, the paper says.

The Times says Afghanistan is now braced for a full-scale return to Taliban rule. Senior Taliban leaders have told the paper they will accept nothing less than “absolute power”, dismissing calls to accept a transitional government to oversee a peaceful transfer of power.

The i features a photo of members of the militant group on its front page, with the headline “Taliban rule returns to Afghanistan”.

A photo of British soldiers carrying the coffin of Sgt Michael Lockett, who was killed in Helmand, appears on the front of the Daily Mail, along with the question: “What the hell did they all die for?” The paper notes that 457 British lives were lost during the West’s 20-year occupation of the country. It says ministers have been accused of presiding over the biggest foreign policy catastrophe in 65 years.

And finally, in stark contrast to the rest of the papers, the Daily Star chooses to focus on the weather. The paper says just when we’d given up on this summer, experts have said a heatwave from Spain is on the way.

The Metro calls it a “humiliating echo” of the evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war. 

The Daily Telegraph says the “desperate scramble” to escape saw “chaotic” scenes at Kabul airport, with the British and US governments left “shocked” by the speed of the Taliban advance, as well as the inability of the Afghan military to repel them. 

Analysts have told the Financial Times the morale of the Afghans was “severely damaged” by the abrupt pace of the US troop withdrawal, undermining their will to fight.

According to the Guardian, the Taliban entered Kabul “not as fighters, but as policemen” after looting broke out when the surrender of government forces appeared inevitable.

It says there was “anger” in the capital about President Ashraf Ghani’s decision to flee to Uzbekistan, just a day after he appeared on TV promising to reorganise the army. 

The Daily Express warns of “dark days” ahead for women, noting that sales of burqas have increased in Kabul, “with prices rising tenfold”.

The Daily Mail is scathing in its assessment of the 20-year occupation of Afghanistan by the West. 

“What the hell did they all die for?” its headline asks, alongside a photograph of the funeral of one of the 457 British service personnel killed there. 

Ministers now stand accused of “presiding over the biggest foreign policy catastrophe in 65 years”, it says. 

EPAThe fall of Kabul to the Taliban dominates the front pages

Writing in the Times, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Tom Tugendhat, agrees that the UK is facing its biggest overseas disaster since Suez crisis of 1956 when the UK failed to regain control of the canal in Egypt. 

He warns that Britain remains “impotent” in the face of US policy, and says government cuts to defence, diplomacy, aid and trade “will look different today from how they did a week ago”.

The Sun thinks the retreat from Kabul is “shameful”, arguing the US intelligence services committed a “monumental error” by failing to realise Afghan cities would fall so quickly. 

The Daily Mirror accuses Downing Street of being “asleep once again”, claiming the way Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had to “hurry back” to the UK from holiday is “symbolic” of how Britain and the US underestimated the Taliban. 

The FT acknowledges it was former US President Donald Trump who announced America would pull out of Afghanistan, but going ahead was his successor Joe Biden’s choice. The paper describes the move as a “miscalculation” that will “haunt the rest of his presidency”.

That view is shared by the New York Times, which says fairly or unfairly, Mr Biden will go down in history as the president who presided over a humiliating final act in the Afghan experiment. 

“After seven months in which his administration seemed to exude much-needed competence”, it says, “everything about America’s last days in Afghanistan shattered the imagery”. 

The Wall Street Journal is even more damning, arguing Mr Biden’s statement on Saturday washing his hands of Afghanistan “deserves to go down as one of the most shameful in history” by a president at a moment of American retreat. 

For the Washington Post, this was a “disaster” produced by four administrations, but there was “nothing inevitable” about the outcome, which will “leave an indelible stain” on the current commander-in-chief.

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