What US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Means For The Region

By Bharat Shakti

The US withdrawal, as announced by President Joe Biden, commenced on 1 May. The US will complete it by 11 September this year. It is currently handing over its bases and responsibility to the Afghan National Army. Simultaneously, the Taliban has launched their summer offensive.

It is currently being resisted. As per a report in The Dawn, Pakistani daily of 5 May, ‘government forces killed more than 100 Taliban fighters in Helmand when the militants attacked. 22 Al Qaeda fighters from Pakistan were also killed in the fighting, the ministry claimed.’ The report added, ‘The enemy has now lost all the areas it had captured and suffered heavy casualties.’

Announcing the withdrawal, Biden had stated, ‘We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result. I am now the fourth United States President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan.

I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.’ NATO-backed it with a similar statement of withdrawing its forces alongside the US.

In his speech, Biden stated that the US would hold the Taliban accountable for its commitments. He commented, ‘We will hold the Taliban accountable for its commitment not to allow any terrorists to threaten the US or its allies from Afghan soil.

The Afghan government has made that commitment to us as well.’ His words implied that Afghanistan may, in the future, have either a Taliban or a democratic government or maybe even an inclusive government.

In other words, while he was hoping, but was aware that the Taliban and Afghan government may not come to any agreement in the interim period and the nation could plunge into a civil war.

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