United Nations mission in Afghanistan to remain in place after US, NATO withdrawal

Op-Ed: Risks of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan outweigh benefits

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said that the United States "will begin an orderly drawdown of the remaining forces before May 1 and plan to have all usa troops out of the country before the 20th anniversary of 9/11". He was with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul.

"The Taliban wanted a us exit, they got it".

Fred Kagan, a defense analyst who advised the US military in Afghanistan, said the American-led training effort will likely come to an end. 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.

And with roughly 3,500 USA troops and some 7,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces leaving, will the Taliban accept the current 16,000 contractors, including 6,000 Americans, that are now in the country?

"The UN has been present on the humanitarian development end in Afghanistan for a long, long time, and we will continue to be there to help the Afghan people", he said, adding that the organisation would "adapt to the situation on the ground".

President Biden said the US will withdraw all remaining troops from the country by September 11, ending the USA involvement in the America's longest-ever war. And Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov set the stage for a ceasefire and a peaceful transition of power by bringing the two Afghan warring parties together in Moscow in March, where they agreed to keep talking. There have been no US combat deaths since February 2020.

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". The aim is to ensure that the country will never again become a home for terrorists that attack the United States.

"This reflects deep rooted zero-sum mind-set from the Cold War which is detrimental to mutual trust between the two countries and it is not conducive to cooperation and coordination on global and regional issues". "Women were not allowed to go to school or university and we couldn't even could go to the market alone".

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US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad spent years of his life negotiating with the Taliban to arrive at the 2020 withdrawal agreement.

Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Jack Reed, on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, said "a crucial factor contributing immensely to the Taliban's success" has been the inability of the U.S. to "eliminate the sanctuary the Taliban was granted in Pakistan".

"Going out on patrol sometimes you get rocks thrown at you, but it was mostly people waving by their farms saying hello to the military", Smith said.

He placed a message on Twitter late Wednesday that he had spoken with President Biden and "we will work with our USA partners to ensure a smooth transition".

"Few theories of war or counterterrorism have been more thoroughly discredited over the past three decades than the idea that such strikes can disrupt, let alone defeat, a major terrorist organization", he added.

Fred Kagan, the defense analyst, said it's not sufficient for USA personnel to be based outside Afghanistan and looking for threats inside the country. "Additionally, Pakistan's ISI aided and abetted the Taliban while opportunistically cooperating with the United States", Reed said.

Over the past 19 years, about 2,400 American troops died in Afghanistan and about one trillion dollars was spent. "The region has interests in Afghanistan that are much deeper than USA interests".

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