We have just had the clearest explanation of why the Afghan Republic and its armed forces collapsed. They collapsed because the American regimes of Trump and Biden collapsed them.

This is the lucid explanation by one of the most brilliant commanders of the old army, Lt Gen Sami Sadat. He commanded the 215 Maiwand Corps in Helmand this summer, prepared the defence of Lashkar Gah, before he was whisked to Kabul to head the national special forces.