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Terror threat has ’moved’ from Afghanistan, says US Secretary of State

Terror threat has ’moved’ from Afghanistan, says US Secretary of State

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday defended the US decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, saying the terror threat had moved elsewhere. ’We have other very important items on our agenda, including the relationship with China, including dealing with everything from climate change to COVID-19,’ Blinken said. He added that the US had ’achieved the objectives that we set out to achieve.’

David
David
cledge fenrir
cledge fenrir 3 weeks

So why not move troops out in May instead of September then?

Ironborn Pyke
Ironborn Pyke 3 weeks

And just like that terror disappeared

The Civic Nationalist
The Civic Nationalist 3 weeks

I don't see the ANA maintaining any state of affairs approximating anything more than control of Kabul. The ANA has been disproportionately Hazarah and Tajik from the northern territories, not Pashtun, bc a democracy was Masoud's dream, and the north was the only region not to fall under the control of despotic thug warlords following the disbandment of the great majority of the mujahedeen following the fall of a communist Kabul, and it was only the north that repelled the Taliban that quickly overthrew and replaced the gangster warlords; No, the Mujahedeen that fought the reds, the interim warlords, and the Taliban, were not the same entities, though some people did flex between the eras. Simply put, when the Reds backed a communist army coup in Afghanistan, the nation was irrevocably changed from the kind of place with mini skirt wearing female college students and visits from JFK, to the kind of place only brutal warlords could hold. AQ ceased being a realistic issue around 2011, and the Taliban aren't going to be all that welcoming to people calling themselves "the" islamic state. Realistically, the country falls into a Taliban "government" not unlike the state of affairs we bombed the ever living ****out of in late 2001, though like the last vestige of the puppet state after the Soviet withdrawal, it'll probably take a few years for the Taliban to actually unseat the government in Kabul. Who knows, maybe Iran will take an interest and go 2 for 2 in turning our little nation building stunts into Iranian satellite states, though I doubt it, given that unlike Iraq, there isn't a Shi'ite majority. I imagine the ISI will develop quite the relationship with the Taliban though, just like old times. In a darkly cynical way, it's amusing to think that literally nothing would change after 20 years of intervention, and that Afghanistan will effectively be what it was in 2001 within a few short years. The Taliban had a saying "the Americans have the clocks, but we have the time." A long enough war for fathers to leave newborn sons, retire, and see their sons off to follow in their footsteps to the same war, and as best I can tell, it'll end up being completely without impact, aside from the casualties all around and the debt we incurred.

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