Retired US General Petraeus Warns Taliban ‘Has the Momentum’ to Take Control of Afghanistan ‘Soon’

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The past few weeks have seen a spike in violence in Afghanistan, where the Taliban* has stepped up military activities amid US and NATO troops’ withdrawal from the South Asian country.

Retired General David Petraeus, former commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has predicted in an interview with Fox News that Washington may regret its decision to pull American troops out of the South Asian nation and that the Taliban is most likely to further expand its clout there.

When asked whether the Taliban will soon be in control of Afghanistan, Petraeus said he doesn’t “know about soon”, but that he is “very worried about the trends right now, the trajectory that this is all headed”.

He urged Washington “to work with the Afghan government to develop a plan to help them stabilise the security situation, which has indeed deteriorated very significantly since the announcement of the intent to withdraw”.

Blinken Warns Taliban Takeover May Make Afghanistan ‘Pariah State’

The remarks followed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken telling the news network MSNBC that Afghanistan will become a “pariah state” if the Taliban forcefully seizes power in the country.

According to him, if such a scenario takes place, Afghanistan will not receive the support from the international community it is hoping for. Blinken added that Washington does not believe in a military solution for Afghanistan, but is working…

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