The Fall of Afghanistan and Realities of Life Under the TalibanVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Presented in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program
After almost 20 years of conflict, the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan officially ended with a Taliban victory in August 2021. For nearly all of that time, Lt. General Khoshal Sadat and Lt. General Sami Sadat led the Afghan National Army in the brutal fight against the Taliban, working closely alongside U.S. and Coalition allies, in particular U.S. Special Forces operators.
Join Lt. Generals Khosal Sadat and Sami Sadat (no relation) in conversation with Ronan O’Malley, World Affairs Council of Greater Houston Director of Programs, as they give firsthand accounts of the collapse of Afghanistan and share their personal experiences during the war and perspectives on the U.S. withdrawal from the country. The program also includes selections from Retrograde, the 2022 National Geographic documentary which chronicles the months before the fall of Afghanistan.
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About the Speakers
Lt. General Khoshal Sadat served for 17 years in the Afghan Special Forces. During his distinguished career with the Afghan National Army, he held multiple positions, including the Head of Military Operations of the Afghan Intelligence Agency. He also served as Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister for Security, in command of over 115,000 police and security forces across the nation.
In 2010, General Sadat served as Aide-De-Camp to the Overall Commander of US & NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal. He also worked closely with U.S. & NATO Commander for Afghanistan General Scott Miller. General Sadat is graduate of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Lt. General Sami Sadat is the former Commanding General of the Afghan National Special Operations Corps, where he commanded the Afghan National Army’s 215 Maiwand Corps in Southwestern Afghanistan and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He also served as a senior director in the Afghan Intelligence Services.
For the last months of the war, General Sadat was the Commander of Helmand Province, before being appointed Commander of Afghan Special Forces. He is a graduate of the Joint Services Command & Staff College at the Defence Academy of the U.K. and the NATO Military Academy in Munich, Germany.
About the Moderator
Ronan O’Malley is the Director of Programs for the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston, where he oversees the large variety of speakers and events hosted by the Council. He also teaches continuing education classes at the Council on global affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He has a BA in International Studies and History, and an MBA in International Business. In his over ten years with the Council, he has had the privilege of interviewing a wide array of foreign policy leaders, decision-makers and authorities from the U.S. and other nations, including General Jim Mattis, 26th Secretary of Defense of the United States, Jake Sullivan, 28th (Current) United States National Security Advisor, and Susan Rice, 24th United States National Security Advisor & 27th U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
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