US soldiers guard the Afghan National Military Base in Logar Province, Afghanistan. (Reuters file photo)
US Army in Afghanistan: US President Joe Biden, while giving the army time till September 11, said that there will be no haste in the process of withdrawal of troops.
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- June 8, 2021, 2:26 PM IST
Washington. More than half of the process of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan has been completed. US officials said that this process could be completed by July 4 and by the end of this summer all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan with equipment.
General Frank McKenzie, America’s top commander in the Middle East, will brief Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin this week about the security of the US embassy in Afghanistan and military options related to the ongoing fight against terrorism. According to officials, how many American troops will be needed for security-related operations in Afghanistan, it will be decided according to the security-related needs, this number can be up to one thousand.
Doubts over US support for Afghanistan after war’s end
McKenzie’s views show that it is uncertain how much US support Afghanistan will receive after the end of the war. After the withdrawal of troops, it is a matter of concern how the people of Afghanistan working with the US government will be protected. Apart from this, the mechanism for providing intelligence about fundamentalists will also be affected.Biden’s political credibility may be affected
The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan is also linked to President Joe Biden’s political credentials. The potential instability that may arise in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops is also a matter of concern. Questions can also be raised about the significance of the war the US started 20 years ago in response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.
America is facing this problem
General McKenzie will tell Defense Secretary Austin how many drones will be needed in the aerial surveillance needed to track a possible resurgence of al-Qaeda, Islamic State or other terrorist groups. Some US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was no alternative to the deployment of US troops and aircraft in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries. Due to the opposition of Russia, it will be difficult to make any agreement with countries like Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan or Uzbekistan.
The Taliban issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would not attack people in Afghanistan who cooperate with US forces. The Taliban has also appealed to such people not to leave the country and return to their homes.
The official process of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan began on May 1, when the number of US troops in Afghanistan was between 2,500 and 3,500. Biden gave the army time till September 11 and said that there would be no haste in the process of withdrawal of troops.