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Soldier Says He Lost His Legs 'For Nothing' As The Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

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Soldier Says He Lost His Legs 'For Nothing' As The Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan

A British soldier has been horrified as seeing the Taliban take over control of Afghanistan.

Jack Cummings was one of the many UK troops sent to the Middle East as Western allies sought to bring peace to the region following the September 11 attacks.

Foreign militaries have been slowly pulling out of the country after training local forces to ensure there isn't an uprising from militant forces.

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However, that exact scenario has happened over the past few days and the Taliban has captured large swathes of the country.

Afghanistan's President, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country over fears there would be 'bloodshed' and militants have seized control of the Presidential Palace.

They are already in talks for a peaceful transition of power, however there have been reports of gunfire and explosions in Kabul.

Jack Cummings has been one of many servicemen and women who are devastated at what is going on and feels the decades-long mission to eradicate the Taliban from the country has failed.

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He wrote on Twitter over the weekend: "Was it worth it, probably not. Did I lose my legs for nothing, looks like it. Did my mates die in vain. Yep. On my 11th Bangaversary it's a very somber one. Many emotions going through my head, anger, betrayal sadness to name a few.

"@BorisJohnson and @POTUS has come and said they didn't die in vain, you say that face to face to a grieving wife or mum.

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"Many of my mates are f**ked in the head, f**ked in the head from seeing f**ked up s**t! They will never forget.

"It's heartbreaking to see what's happened and happening to Afghanistan, but my fight is over."

Former Australian SAS soldier Mark Wales told the ABC about his heartbreak at seeing Afghanistan fall into the hands of the Taliban.

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"It's tough to watch. It's been a rapid collapse. I think everyone knew it was going to be a tenuous future for Afghanistan, but I don't think that people expected a collapse of this order this fast," he said.

"It's going to be a difficult thing for the families [of the 41 Australian soldiers who died during the Afghanistan war].

"I hope that there's someone from the government and someone from the military putting on a suit and visiting these families and explaining what's happened in Afghanistan and how we're going to do this differently in the future."

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained that freedom is 'always worth' fighting for and stands by the decisions that have been made in the past.

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Meanwhile British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called on other countries not to 'bilaterally recognise the Taliban'.

"We want a united position among all the like-minded, as far as we can get one, so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into a breeding ground for terror," he said.

The arrival of the Taliban has caused thousands of people to rush to the airport or the border with Pakistan to try and escape.

Foreign countries have said they are doing all they can to help citizens as they monitor the Taliban's next steps.

A statement has been issued on behalf of multiple countries and they are hoping have called on 'all parties to respect and facilitate, the safe and orderly departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country'.

Featured Image Credit: Jack Cummings/Twitter

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