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A French window to the Kabul fiasco

Michael Benhamou
Published Jul 10, 2023
Updated Jul 19, 2023

By anticipating the recapture of Kabul by the Taliban in August 2021, French Ambassador David Martinon saved lives. However, the diplomat was isolated in the face of several American intelligence agencies feigning optimism, in the face of European officials playing for time, and in the face of a French community on the ground that refused to understand the meaning of brute force. His book “Les 15 jours qui ont fait basculer Kaboul” (“The 15 days that rocked Kabul”) enables a look back at what foresight coupled with crisis management means both in France and in the USA...

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