As the fate of the peace talks remained uncertain, with the Taliban saying they would not attend a planned conference in Turkey until all foreign forces leave Afghanistan, Blinken remained hopeful. New Delhi has material concerns about Pakistan using Afghan territory under Taliban sway, whatever the formal government in Kabul, to continue to provide support to terrorist organisations for their activities against India. The Taliban has said the only acceptable outcome is the reestablishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, with its leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as its emir. And the Afghan president refuses to negotiate unless he is guaranteed the presidency.
The foreign troop withdrawals have raised concerns that the country could erupt in full-scale civil war, providing al Qaeda space in which to rebuild and plan new attacks on USA and other targets.
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.
As of last December, the US had spent $88.3 billion to help the Afghan government provide security in Afghanistan. It's never proved effective, not when we had 98,000 troops in Afghanistan and not when we're down to a few thousand. The U.S. air war did.
In a statement Wednesday, the Taliban demanded the departure of all foreign forces on the date specified in last year's Doha Agreement.
"I think it's time for us to take a step back from other nations and focus on internal affairs so we can focus on each other as a nation and hopefully try to mend some of the wounds", Fahlman said.
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The identity of the shooter and their motive is not yet known. "It stains our character and pierces the very soul of our nation". Although Sikhs began settling in IN more than 50 years ago, the first gurdwara was established in 1999.
The Biden Administration appears to believe it can deal with Afghanistan from outside the country. "First, what will the security architecture look like to ensure that terrorists don't reconstitute and prepare attacks against us or our allies?"
According to the Pentagon, it still has about 16,800 contractors, including more than 6,000 USA citizens, in Afghanistan, more than one-third of whom work on maintenance and logistics.
At his press conference at the embassy, where earlier he had greeted USA soldiers, Blinken warned the Taliban that any attack on American troops as they pulled out would be met with "a very forceful response". The extremist group is fighting Afghanistan's US-backed government and already controls vast swathes of the county's rural areas. "(The Taliban's) thoughts are the same as they were in 1996", she says. The conference in Turkey lends worldwide support to that warning.
Ghani has promised to seek peace. Under Taliban rule in the late 1990s, girls were excluded from education and most women were not able to work or even leave the house without a male guardian.
"Ironically, the legitimate government in Kabul would become the "sacrificial lamb" in the game of one up man ship for ruling Afghanistan once U.S. and its allies abandon Afghanistan", opines Brig NK Bhatia, Indian Army veteran.
Michael Kugelman is the deputy director of the Asia Program at the USA -based Wilson Center.
The Chief of Defence Staff said: "It's not a decision that we'd hoped for". Susan Shand adapted it for Learning English.