Prince Harry releases statement on crisis in Afghanistan

Prince Harry is speaking out about the crisis in Afghanistan.

The Duke of Sussex, who served for ten years in the British Army and toured Afghanistan twice, released a joint statement with Invictus Games CEO Dominic Reid on Monday.

"What's happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community," began the statement shared to the Games' Twitter account. "Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.

"We encourage everybody across the Invictus network – and the wider military community – to reach out to each other and offer support for one another."

Harry founded the veteran-focused sporting competition in 2014 to "harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country", according to the foundation's website.

Afghanistan is in chaos after the Taliban overtook the capital city of Kabul on Sunday, mere weeks after the United States pulled troops out of the country and peace talks faltered. President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, fled to Tajikistan for safety, indicating the collapse of the U.S.-backed government. Commercial flights have been temporarily cancelled, leaving Afghans stranded and fearing for their lives as an uncertain future unfolds.

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