Army veteran Phillip Thompson has admitted watching the Taliban recapture Afghanistan has been a “kick in the guts” to coalition servicemen and women.
The United States concluded the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan on Tuesday morning Australian time with Taliban fighters seen taking to the streets in celebration of the coalition withdrawal.
Describing the Taliban as a “terrorist organisation”, Mr Thompson – the LNP Member for Herbert – paid tribute to the troops involved for “holding evil at the gate”.
“It’s tough to see the Taliban take back areas that we’ve fought in, that we’ve had soldiers wounded in and soldiers killed in action,” he told Sky News Australia.
“To see them sitting in the presidential palace, to see them drive around in US army military fatigues, US military equipment, it’s a kick in the guts, it’s tough to see.
“The Taliban is a terrorist organisation, they are not a legitimate governing body … these are terrible, terrible people who do terrible things to innocent men and women, children.
“Every single serviceman and woman who put on this uniform in service of this nation and then went to Afghanistan did an honourable job … thank you for holding the evil at the gate.”