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U.S. ambassador says he does not consider Taliban will take energy after troops depart Afghanistan

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Zalmay Khalilzad, particular envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, testifies earlier than the Senate International Relations Committee throughout a listening to on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 27, 2021.

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The nation’s high consultant to Afghanistan stated Tuesday that he does not suppose the Afghan authorities will collapse after U.S. and overseas troops depart the war-torn nation later this yr.

“I don’t consider the federal government goes to break down or the Taliban goes to take over,” U.S. Particular Consultant to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad stated throughout testimony earlier than the Senate International Relations Committee.

Khalilzad’s testimony comes after President Joe Biden introduced the U.S. would full its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, successfully ending America’s longest warfare.

The choice to depart Afghanistan has triggered an array of reactions in Washington, with lawmakers on each side of the aisle lauding and criticizing the transfer. It has additionally triggered some concern throughout the highest echelons of the army.

Final week, the pinnacle of U.S. forces within the Center East informed lawmakers he was involved that the Afghan army will collapse after U.S. and overseas troops depart.

“I’m involved concerning the capability of the Afghan army to carry on after we depart, the power of the Afghan Air Drive to fly, specifically, after we take away the help for these plane,” McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, stated throughout a Senate Armed Companies committee listening to on April 22.

Afghan forces, he stated, have gotten used to the help from U.S. and different nations’ militaries over a number of years.

Later on the Pentagon, McKenzie informed reporters that whereas the U.S. will proceed to help Afghanistan from afar, he was notably involved about plane upkeep.

The machines are maintained largely by contractors from the U.S. and different nations, he defined. The U.S. intends to search out modern methods of changing these companies with out involving boots on the bottom, he added.

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