Wikipedia edits ‘War in Afghanistan’ page, brands it a ‘Taliban Victory’
Wikipedia on Tuesday updated its page ‘War in Afghanistan’ and listed the result of the 20-year conflict as a “Taliban victory”.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_A blog post titled “The Taliban’s victory proves the West has failed to learn the lessons of the past” which was written by Effie G. H. Pedaliu at the London School of Economics, has been cited as a primary source in the edit.
Articles from the New York Times, Fox News, Politico, BBC News, The Washington Post, Radio France Internationale and Deutsche Welle referencing the Taliban victory have also been included in the web resource’s footnotes, News Week reported.
It’s a description that is unlikely to sit well with many Americans, particularly given Wikipedia’s status as the world’s largest and most popular reference website.
According to figures published by Wikipedia, as of November 2020, the website was attracting around 1.7 billion unique users every month.
First established on January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was set up with the express aim of creating “a world in which everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.”
The website is written and managed by a pool of anonymous volunteers working collaboratively.
The page was edited just hours after the last US military flight left Afghanistan, ending a 20-year presence by US and in the country.