‘Wicked Problem’: Hillary Clinton Reveals Repercussions of US Troop Pullout From Afghanistan

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In April, President Joe Biden announced plans to fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by 11 September, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, despite the 2020 US-Taliban peace deal having set 1 May 2021 as the deadline for the pullout.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of serious repercussions from President Joe Biden’s push for US forces full exit from Afghanistan. 

In an interview with CNN on Sunday, the ex-Democratic presidential hopeful described Biden’s move as “a very difficult decision” and “a wicked problem”.

She argued that the US should brace itself for “two huge consequences at some point in the not-too-distant future”, including the possible collapse of the Afghan government and “a takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, probably with a resumption of civil war in certain parts of the country”.

She spoke as Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that there would still be a US presence in Afghanistan after the pullout of American forces is completed. He pointed out that the US Embassy will remain in Afghanistan and the US will continue providing economic, humanitarian, and developmental support in the country.

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