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`Pakistan helped the Taliban, played on both sides in Afghanistan`: US senator

`Pakistan helped the Taliban, played on both sides in Afghanistan`: US senator”

"I'm happy that we're pulling out", Fahlman said, "I'm thankful that hopefully we're not going to lose any more good folks and people of our nation".

Right now the USA military and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies train the Afghan army and police, pay them and fix the American-supplied equipment.

Arriving in Kabul Thursday, Blinken is meeting President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials amid fears the government faces an imminent offensive by the militant group that has sought to establish an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan. "Foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan should withdraw in a responsible and orderly manner to ensure a smooth transition in Afghanistan and to avoid terrorist forces from taking advantage of chaos", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media briefing here while responding to questions on USA troops pullout plan.

The top USA diplomat tried to reassure Ghani that despite the departure of USA troops, the United States would remain committed to Afghanistan, saying Washington will "intensify" its diplomacy to do "everything we can" to advance efforts to secure a peace agreement between Kabul and the insurgents.

The head of Britain's Armed Forces today admitted that it would be better if United States troops were staying in Afghanistan, but insisted a return to bloody chaos after their withdrawal was not inevitable. Without a presence on the ground in Afghanistan, the U.S.is going to find it extremely hard to monitor and disrupt emerging terrorist threats. The secretary added, the USA partnership with Afghanistan will continue and he issued a warning to the Taliban if the terror group attempts any attacks on American troops. Two thirds of girls in Afghanistan still receive no primary education, and Afghan women will never achieve significant advances while their country remains at war.

Ironically, Biden acknowledged in his speech on Wednesday that the withdrawal agreement the United States signed with the Taliban in February 2020 was a solemn commitment, but then he said US forces would begin their withdrawal on May 1 and complete it by September 11, which is not what was agreed to. It might even force them into a peace deal.

Conversely, he said the only other alternative would be to have a permanent USA placement there, which he doesn't believe would be a good idea. That's more than 60 percent of all USA reconstruction funding since 2002.

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"The two critical things I'll be looking to hear come directly from the original goals of this war", Slotkin said. The Taliban continues its violence.

While Biden is being pilloried by some for pulling out too soon, the truth is that he is violating a May 1 deadline for us troop withdrawal that was painstakingly negotiated under the Trump Administration. He is going against the advice of the USA intelligence community and top Pentagon officials, including the head of the U.S.

"Frankly, we're also going to lose that platform that Afghanistan provides for the kind of regional counterterrorism campaign", he said. In that agreement, the USA promised to withdraw by May 1. Critics have said the move would strengthen threats from various terror groups in the country.

"Let us not forget that in 2001, when the worldwide community entered Afghanistan, they were fighting one terrorist group", Safi said.

"It would be useful", Malkasian said, "if the United States can get a diplomatic agreement for continued statements by the region, to the Taliban, that terrorist activity is unacceptable, and that they commonly endorse military action and other sanctions if it occurs".

The Pentagon has around 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, down from a high of more than 100,000. "The region has interests in Afghanistan that are much deeper than US interests".



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