Mixed reactions from Utahns as Biden announces withdraw from Afghanistan
Apr 16 2021
"We always said we went into Afghanistan together and we will go out together", he said about NATO's strategy towards the country.
Blinken, arriving in Kabul after attending North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks in Brussels, met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whose government remains embroiled in fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents while a us -backed peace process is shrouded in uncertainty.
The proposal was meant to urge both sides to bring ideas to the table for a peace conference in Turkey - originally scheduled for April 16, then delayed until April 24 and now uncertain after the Taliban said Tuesday it would not participate until all USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces exit. Secretary Blinken took a potentially historic step back from USA unilateralism when he invited the United Nations to lead a new Afghan peace process.
The head of Britain's Armed Forces today admitted that it would be better if U.S. troops were staying in Afghanistan, but insisted a return to bloody chaos after their withdrawal was not inevitable.
We must hope that, in the coming months, the United Nations will find a way to bring the warring parties in Afghanistan together and craft a ceasefire and a workable peace process based on power sharing. But that may change now that US troops, who have provided training and assistance to Afghan security forces, are exiting, leaving Ghani's government to the Taliban. US military commanders at the time also said the raw intelligence did not lead them to change their force protection posture in Afghanistan.
Biden announced Wednesday that the 2,500 United States troops in Afghanistan will depart by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that led to the usa action in 2001.
Fighting has surged this year, even as the Taliban engaged in on-and-off peace talks with government negotiators. German Defense Minister Annagret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Thursday all German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan would be withdrawn by mid-August, saying "the Bundeswehr is leaving Afghanistan with pride".
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An investigation by Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post found that "the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations sent more and more troops to Afghanistan and repeatedly said they were making progress, even though they knew there was no realistic prospect for an outright victory".
"This does not mean the end of relations and cooperation between the two countries". USA officials in the Afghan city of Jalalabad told NPR two years ago that the Taliban continue to work with al-Qaida in eastern Afghanistan, while both US and Afghan airstrikes have targeted al-Qaida militants in southeastern Helmand Province. "I'm really afraid that we're going to look back two years from now and regret the decision and just wonder if whether we might not have sought to manage it with a modest, sustainable, sustained commitment that could have ensured that al-Qaida and the Islamic State would not re-establish sanctuaries".
President Biden pledged that the United States will not take an eye off the terrorist threat.
Petraeus said he worries the Taliban will continue to gain ground militarily and allow terrorist groups to operate.
Speaking to CNN, Biden's national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, conceded that the USA withdrawal would result in less intelligence. Critics have said the move would strengthen threats from various terror groups in the country. He said: "The best hope is that the peace process won't be dead". "Therefore, these problems have only gotten worse", he said.
Ending the fighting and investing a small fraction of USA war spending in education and health care would do far more to improve the lives of Afghan women and girls.
"Some people think Afghanistan will fall into the hands of militants after the Americans withdraw", said Sayed Shaheer, a 20-year-old student at Kabul University, who has lived his entire life under the shadow of the American war there. Without U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, intelligence analysis must occur from afar.