US Won’t Take ‘Eye Off Ball’ on Afghan Situation as Worries About Troop Pull-out Mount

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Earlier, US President Joe Biden announced that the US will withdraw all of its troops by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, which originally led to the start of the war in Afghanistan. Other NATO states have also promised to pull out their troops from the country.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has assured in an interview with ABC that Washington will not be left blind in Afghanistan after withdrawing its troops this year and will know if a new threat to the US emerges in the country.

The top diplomat argued that the US has more tools at its disposal to monitor the situation and detect future threats than it did back in 2001, when Al Qaeda* attacked the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.

Blinken also claimed that the US will also have time to react to any emerging threat to its security. CIA Director William Burns previously disagreed with that view, telling the Senate Intelligence Committee on 14 April that the US ability to gather intelligence and act against extremist threats in Afghanistan will be impeded by the withdrawal.

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, in turn, said no guarantees can be made as to what will happen in Afghanistan after US and NATO troops are gone, but repeated Blinken’s promise that the US will be monitoring the situation.

Sullivan further promised that the US will continue to help Kabul with training and equipping its security forces, but stressed they will have to…

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