Afghan President Fled with $169 MILLION in His Cash-Filled Helicopter
Ashraf Ghani emerges in Dubai, granted asylum on 'humanitarian grounds'
Ousted Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled his country in a helicopter stuffed with $169million in cash, according to reports.
Ghani disappeared when the Taliban surrounded Kabul before storming the presidential palace.
However, it has now emerged that he has been given asylum in Dubai on "humanitarian grounds" after he managed to escape carrying a staggering amount of money.
Ghani fled the country on Sunday night saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
When Kabul fell to the terrorist group, it capped their military victory that saw the Taliban capture all cities in just 10 days.
A presidential palace bodyguard reportedly told Fox News that Ghani made a snap decision to leave Afghanistan on Sunday and did so without assistance from the US.
The decision, made in a matter of minutes, came after last-ditch negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar to avoid bloodshed as the group surrounded Kabul on Sunday.
Joe Biden had spent the weeks before backing Ghani's government, despite warnings from his intelligence community questioning whether he and his army would fight in the absence of US support.
The source claimed Ghani's decision to leave Afghanistan likely prevented fighting in the streets of the capital.
The former president took with him four cars and a helicopter loaded with bags of cash - but was forced to leave some of the money behind as it would not all fit on the flight.
Earlier reports said Ghani had fled to Uzbekistan, citing Russian Embassy sources.
It was also claimed the former president had flown to Tajikistan, but diverted to Oman when officials in Dushanbe refused him permission to land.
But the United Arab Emirates said today that it is hosting Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Dubai "on humanitarian grounds."
Meanwhile, Afghanistan's Vice President Amrullah Saleh has stayed in the country and retreated to his hometown in the Panjshir Valley - the only region the Taliban have not conquered - and is massing troops to resist the militants.
The Afghan Embassy in Tajikistan, which reportedly refused Ghani refuge, has removed the former president's picture and replaced it with Saleh.
The UAE said in a statement: "The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds."
Russia said at the time the collapse of Ghani's government was "most eloquently characterized" by the way the former president fled the country.
Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, said: "Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit.
"And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac."
Ischenko, the Russian embassy spokesman, confirmed his comments to Reuters.
He cited "witnesses" as the source of his information.
Reuters reported that it could not independently confirm the veracity of his account immediately.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Ghani said he had left the country to avoid clashes with the Taliban that would endanger millions of Kabul residents.
"Dear countrymen!" he wrote.
"Today, I came across a hard choice; I should stand to face the armed Taliban who wanted to enter the palace or leave the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting and protecting the past twenty years.
"If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction and destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in this six million city.
"The Taliban have made it to remove me, they are here to attack all Kabul and the people of Kabul.
"In order to avoid the bleeding flood, I thought it was best to get out."
"The Taliban have won with the judgment of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honor, property, and self-preservation of their countrymen," Ghani said after fleeing.