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"I'm happy that we're pulling out", Fahlman said, "I'm thankful that hopefully we're not going to lose any more good folks and people of our nation". Other NATO countries soon joined United States operations in the country.

Sediq said that the Turkey summit "can provide an environment for all parties to build mutual trust", adding, "A compromise situation is the solution - US compromise with the Taliban, and the Taliban comprise with the Afghan government". With a US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the potential for a Taliban takeover of the country, the terrorist organization might have the opportunity to rebuild its network to the point where it could once again launch spectacular attacks on Western soil.

And, while the big-type headlines and prominent themes of media coverage are filled with flat-out statements that the USA war in Afghanistan will end come September, the fine print of coverage says otherwise.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the time has come for American troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.

"We were able to accomplish remarkable things in Afghanistan".

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?

"We believe there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a negotiated political solution through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process is important for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan".

On Wednesday, President Biden announced the end to our country's longest war - 20 years - as he will begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan beginning May 1. 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.

No matter what the White House and the headlines say, USA taxpayers won't stop subsidizing the killing in Afghanistan until there is an end to the bombing and "special operations" that remain shrouded in secrecy. There have been no USA combat deaths since February 2020.

"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 worldwide and regional issues". The Taliban and an Afghan national delegation have been engaged in negotiations since last September, but remain at a deadlock.

"We have bad memories of the Taliban regime", she says.

Speaking to CNN, Biden's national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, conceded that the US withdrawal would result in less intelligence.

"Let us not forget that in 2001, when the global community entered Afghanistan, they were fighting one terrorist group", Safi said.

Fred Kagan, the defense analyst, said it's not sufficient for US personnel to be based outside Afghanistan and looking for threats inside the country.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that if the earlier May 1 deadline is not met, "problems will be compounded".

Nor have the Taliban renounced their goal of reinstating Islamist rule, fueling fears they would reverse gains in women's rights, education, independent media and other areas if they return to power. "Our withdrawal of forces therefore means the de facto end of serious counter-terror operations".

"It would be useful", Malkasian said, "if the United States can get a diplomatic agreement for continued statements by the region, to the Taliban, that terrorist activity is unacceptable, and that they commonly endorse military action and other sanctions if it occurs".

Since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban after the September 11, 2001 attacks, America has spent more than United States dollars 1 trillion in fighting and rebuilding in Afghanistan. "The region has interests in Afghanistan that are much deeper than US interests".

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