DoD ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Speed of Taliban’s Advance, ‘Briskly’ Looking for Bases Near Afghanistan

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On Friday, the Pentagon expressed confidence that a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan was not an inevitability, and said that Washington had provided Kabul and its security forces with sufficient support to enable them to continue fighting the militant group, if they are willing to do so.

The United States is “deeply concerned” by the deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, and the momentum the Taliban seems to have amid its ongoing offensives, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby has said.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, the spokesman stressed that the US was not “giving up on” the country, but reiterated that it was up to the Afghans themselves to defend their country using the capability “we know they have.”

He added that Washington is still looking for options for where to base troops which could address potential terror threats coming out of Afghanistan following the completion of the US withdrawal in August.

In May, US government and military officials told the Wall Street Journal that Washington was looking to redeploy some troops coming out of Afghanistan into Uzbekistan or Tajikistan. Uzbekistan stressed that it has no plans to allow foreign bases on its soil. Tajikistan, meanwhile, is a full-fledged member of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation alliance, and hasn’t hosted US troops since 2001.

During Sunday’s interview, Kirby also assured Americans that even if…

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