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Putin, Iran & Kim set to Exploit ‘weak’ Biden Over Afghan Chaos(Photos)

TYRANTS SMELL BLOOD: TYRANTS across the world are set to exploit America's weakness following the shambolic fall of Afghanistan, experts warn.

As Joe Biden's US retreats, countries such as Iran, China, Russia and North Korea are forging ahead with ramping up their military at a pace that until recently would have sparked alarm bells in Washington DC.

After Al-Qaeda hijackers slaughtered nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001, the US instantly launched its "war on terror".

Soon after President George W Bush launched his battle against "weapons of mass destruction" and the "Axis of Evil" which included Iran and North Korea.

But nearly 20 years on, the chaotic fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has shattered the image of the once invincible US megapower.

Emboldened foes of the West such Russia, China, Iran and North Korea can now smell blood in the water and are circling.

Already, they are racing to create massive weapons arsenals just as American pulls back as the world's policeman.

Dr Nigel Gould-Davies, a senior analyst with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told The Sun Online, the chaotic fall of Afghanistan would be seen as American weakness.

He said: "Of course if your adversary shows who shows these negative qualities then of course you will take advantage.

"They will feel embolden and try to test whether Americans really do maintain resolve and strength and commitment."

Dr Gould-Davies, added: "We are entering an unsettled condition. There will be more contests rather than less. It could get quite turbulent for a while."

"Whether it is a new world order, it might be more like a ‘new world of disorder’."

Meanwhile, strongmen including Vladimir Putin are flexing their military muscles and bolstering their arsenals.

His navy has now added two more nuke submarines to Russia's growing arsenal — with missiles capable of wiping out US cities.

Moscow even offered warm words for Afghanistan's new rulers, with Putin's special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, praising the Taliban for "immaculately" upholding its side of the Doha peace agreement.

Relations with the West have plunged to post-Cold War lows after Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea.

Fears are now growing for the rest of Ukraine, which run by a pro-West government.

Dr Gould-Davies said there was a "degree of satisfaction and gloating"' about the Taliban rout of the US-backed government — and what that shows about the limits of American power.

He said: "Influential voices that are saying well look, this has implications for American resolve and commitment elsewhere.

A case in point, Dr Gould-Davies says, is a hardliner called Nicolia Patrochev, who is a secretary at the Russian security council.

He said: "He has very expressively warned Ukraine and said ‘Ukraine well look you may find yourself in due course in the same situation as Afghanistan: America may simply disappear’."

Former White House military adviser, John Bolton said the West's main global adversaries were already seeking to reap advantages from the gaping power vacuum.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, he said: "The results are already deeply negative, and China and Russia are invested in making them worse. Over to us."

Like Russia, China seems to be cozying up to the Taliban, with the country's foreign minister Wang Yi holding a profile meeting with nine jihadi representatives at the end of July.

The unprecedented gathering saw Chinese state councillor Wang publicly recognise the terror group as a legitimate political force in Afghanistan.

Taliban leaders have confirmed they hope to work with their "great neighbour" China in a further blow to the West.

"We are ready to exchange views with China on how to forge ahead in terms of boosting our mutual relations, establishing peace in the region, and its assistance in the reconstruction of Afghanistan," Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told This Week in Asia."


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