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White House: No guarantees about Afghanistan's future post-pullout

WorldApr 18, 2021 11:55AM ET
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© Reuters. White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan delivers remarks during a press briefing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No one can offer guarantees about Afghanistan's future after U.S. troops leave, a top White House official said on Sunday, even as he stressed the United States would stay focused on terrorist threats emanating from the country.

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States will withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America's longest war.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was asked on the Fox News Sunday program about the risk of a repeat of what happened in Iraq, where Islamic State militants seized territory after U.S. troops withdrew in 2011.

That led then-President Barack Obama to send troops back into Iraq.

Sullivan said Biden had no intention of sending American forces back to Afghanistan, but he added: "I can't make any guarantees about what will happen inside the country. No one can."

"All the United States could do is provide the Afghan security forces, the Afghan government and the Afghan people resources and capabilities, training and equipping their forces, providing assistance to their government. We have done that and now it is time for American troops to come home and the Afghan people to step up to defend their own country."

CIA Director William Burns told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that America's ability to collect intelligence and act against extremist threats in Afghanistan will diminish after the departure of U.S. troops.

A United Nations report in January said there were as many as 500 al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan and that the Taliban maintained a close relationship with the Islamist extremist group. The Taliban denies al Qaeda has a presence in Afghanistan.

Announcing his decision to withdraw troops, Biden said the United States would monitor the threat, reorganize counterterrorism capabilities and keep substantial assets in the region to respond to threats to the United States emerging from Afghanistan.

"He has no intention of taking our eye off the ball," Sullivan said of the president.

"We have the capacity, from repositioning our capabilities over the horizon, to continue to suppress the terrorist threat in Afghanistan."

White House: No guarantees about Afghanistan's future post-pullout
 

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David David
David9 Apr 18, 2021 3:31PM ET
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So we basically went there, messed up the country, and leave and say... there is no guarantee about their future... and now on to another place...
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 18, 2021 2:57PM ET
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So, basically no plan, right? Sleepy joe and monster harris are not looking out for anyone other than democrats.
Prakash J Chaudhari
Prakash J Chaudhari Apr 18, 2021 12:08PM ET
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Pull out must be conditional for Taliban and Pakistan to comply with their side of agreement with due rights to women and children, education . Both countries are known to play games, double cross and make fool to gullible US.
 
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