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The Taliban has taken over 40 districts and more territory everyday — including key provincial centers and yesterday, the country’s main border crossing with Tajikistan.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon seems really restless and squirmy with the idea of fully leaving Afghanistan — despite all of its modulated talk to the contrary.

the New York Times reported that there is an active “debate” going on in the Pentagon over whether or not the military should seek authorization to conduct airstrikes to protect the capital of Kabul or other key Afghan cities like Kandahar that are vulnerable to Taliban takeover.

If the military is given the authorization to provide air support to Afghanistan say, if Kabul is about to fall, then it will need some sort of basing.

This is music to lawmakers ears, of course, particularly the ones who did not want to get out of Afghanistan in the first place.


https://news.antiwar.com/2021/06/23/us-intelligence-says-kab...
US Intelligence Says Kabul Could Fall 6 Months After Pullout

That is a VERY optimistic forecast IMO. Unless we stay which could happen as “The optics of the US withdrawing as the Taliban is making large gains does not look good for Washington.” But Biden brought this on himself to obtain a 9/11 photo op:”President Biden created the current situation by pushing back the original May 1st withdrawal deadline to September 11th. Before May, violence was raging, but the Taliban had not made moves to take such significant territory.”
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