The chairman of the House of Commons defence select committee, Tobias Ellwood, has admitted he “got it wrong” and has deleted a video filmed in Afghanistan, in which he praised the Taliban.
On Monday night Mr. Ellwood posted the video on Twitter and wrote: “Hold your breath—but this is a country transformed. Security vastly improved. Corruption reduced. Opium trade ended.”
He added: “Shouting from afar will not improve women’s rights. We need to re-engage. We need to re-open the British embassy.”
The Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid praised Mr. Ellwood’s “positive” report from Helmand province, but Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he would “look into” the circumstances in which the video was filmed….