Pentagon Threatens to Ramp Up Airstrikes Against Taliban if Group ‘Continues Attacks’

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Amid the imminent US and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan after over 19 years of occupation, the Taliban has launched offensives in virtually every region of the country, seizing multiple border checkpoints and sparking fears that the Kabul government may collapse shortly after NATO’s exit.

The United States has been increasing its air strike missions in Afghanistan, and will continue to do so if the Taliban continues its offensive operations, US Central Command (USCENTCOM) Chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie has announced.

The commander did not clarify whether US strikes would continue after 31 August, by which point all US and NATO troops are expected to be withdrawn.

US air strikes against the Taliban appear to be a violation of the February 2020 Doha agreement, which committed US forces not to attack the Islamist militia if they were not themselves attacked by the group directly.

Security Situation Deteriorating

All of Afghanistan’s neighbours have beefed up security on their borders with the war-torn nation amid a dramatic deterioration of the security situation in the country as NATO continues its withdrawal.

On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if the Taliban successfully seized power throughout the country, and suggested that Kabul would not receive support to rebuild from the international community if this took place.

The Taliban has claimed to have…

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