Deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resurfaces in UAE after fleeing Kabul

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The United Arab Emirates confirmed Wednesday that it had accepted runaway deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country for “humanitarian considerations.”

Ghani and his family fled Afghanistan over the weekend as the Taliban made their way to Kabul, the country's capital.

The UAE statement was made on WAM, a state-run news agency. It did not say where the Ghani family was inside the Middle Eastern country.

The news follows allegations by the Russian Embassy in Kabul that Ghani left the country armed with massive amounts of cash.

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“The collapse of the regime … is most eloquently characterized by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: Four cars were filled with money; they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter but not everything fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac,” Embassy spokesman Nikita Ischenko said.

Russia's Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov told the Echo of Moscow radio station that “the situation in Kabul is better than it was under Ashraf Ghani.”

The Taliban violently broke up a protest in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing one person who dared to show even the slightest amount of dissent.

The Taliban , though, insists that they have changed and won't impose the same intense restrictions they did when they were previously in charge, which included all but eliminating women's rights, carrying out public executions, and making the country a safe space for terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda. The Taliban's use of violence to silence protesters over the weekend seemed to contradict their claims.

Back home, President Joe Biden has faced widespread criticism for his initial silence as the Taliban captured Kabul and chaos erupted at the city's international airport where the U.S. tried to evacuate thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. military during the 20-year war.

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Biden also had some choice words for Ghani.

“We planned for every contingency, but I always promised the American people that I would be straight with you. The truth is this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated,” Biden said in a speech from the White House, offering that he had been assured by Ghani that the Western-trained and equipped Afghan troops would stand their ground.

“Mr. Ghani insisted the Afghan forces would fight, but obviously he was wrong,” Biden said.

Biden announced a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in April. Almost immediately, the Taliban started making their way across the country, creating devastation and havoc along the way. The speed of the Taliban's military blitz blindsided U.S. officials who had not anticipated that Kabul would fall so quickly. Earlier U.S. intelligence reports seemed to suggest that the Western-trained Afghan army could stop advancing Taliban forces from taking Kabul for at least another 90 days.

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The stunning turn of events took place just weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that precipitated America's involvement in Afghanistan.

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