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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Blinken briefs Afghans on pullout

Posted by M. C. on April 16, 2021

” A report on worldwide threats issued by U.S. intelligence agencies forecast Tuesday that the Taliban “is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support.””

Wow! Really? The US invaded the country that never attacked US almost 20 years ago. The almost stone age enemy was operating out of caves with cell phones and VCRs. We are still there.

This war department flip flop is said to be because it is felt the US can’t be tied down trying to defeat a stone age Taliban when they go to war against Russia and China. Of course the Taliban aren’t really stone age. Especially after they received advanced equipment from our ME allies (US aided “moderate” al Qaeda) or just picked it up off the ground after we left an area.

That is our Washington, always one step behind.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=30cad8a90

Nick Wadhams

Bloomberg News TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to brief the country’s leaders on U.S. plans to withdraw its remaining troops by Sept. 11 and to press for a peace agreement with the Taliban.

Blinken made the stop, which wasn’t announced beforehand in keeping with the strict security measures required for such visits, after President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the U.S. was pulling the more than 2,500 remaining troops from the country by the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. An additional 7,000 allied forces are also expected to withdraw.

“The reason I’m here, so quickly after the president’s speech last night, is to demonstrate literally, by our presence, that we have an enduring and ongoing commitment to Afghanistan,” Blinken told a crowd at the U.S Embassy in Kabul. He then met with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, saying the two countries’ “partnership is changing, but the partnership is enduring.” “We respect the decision and are adjusting our priorities,” Ghani told him.

Blinken visited NATO allies in Brussels earlier to coordinate plans for the withdrawal. The decision pushes back a May 1 deadline that the Trump administration agreed to with Taliban leaders.

Military and diplomatic leaders had said a rushed withdrawal could destabilize the country. Officials had also argued that the Pentagon’s previous “con-

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ditions-based” approach for withdrawal was a recipe for leaving U.S. forces in the country forever.

Although some members of Congress endorsed Biden’s withdrawal plans, lawmakers from both parties have warned it would set the stage for the Taliban to return to power and for terrorists from al-Qaida and the Islamic State group to reestablish operations in the country.

Blinken told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday that the U.S. will work closely with allies on a “safe, deliberate and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan.”

U.S. officials hope the impending troop withdrawal will create a new sense of urgency for Ghani’s government to agree to a peace deal with the Taliban. At the same time, it has complicated a U.S.-backed peace conference in Istanbul that representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban had been set to attend beginning April 24. The Taliban said in a tweet late Tuesday that it wouldn’t participate.

A report on worldwide threats issued by U.S. intelligence agencies forecast Tuesday that the Taliban “is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support.”

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kabul on Thursday. AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE VIA AP

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