The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Afghanistan’s government could fully collapse in a matter of months after U.S. troops pull out.
The new analysis contrasts previous reports, and it comes after the Taliban successfully made recent battlefield advances in the region.
Some officials are saying that the Afghanistan government could fall in a little as three months after the U.S. troop withdrawal is completed. Other reports have indicated it could take between 6-12 months for the government to collapse.
The Taliban cheered their recent “manifest victory and triumph” in the region, stating this “will be the beginning of the end of the ills birthed by occupation,” reported The Wall Street Journal.
On Friday President Biden is scheduled to meet with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani.
The U.S. has already removed more than half of its 3,500 troops from the region and its equipment. The remaining troops are scheduled to leave by Sept. 11, the deadline set by Biden in April.
The military’s plan included pulling all forces from the country as soon as July, except U.S. troops who are responsible for protecting the American Embassy in Kabul.
White House officials, according to the newspaper, are now encouraging the military to slow the pace of the U.S.’s troop withdrawal, amid the reports of the Taliban’s advancements in the region.via The Hill
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Earlier this week John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, confirmed their plan to pull all troops out of the area by September 11. He noted the only troops left will be there to “protect the diplomatic presence.”
Kirby did add that in spite of the Taliban’s recent territorial advances, the Pentagon wants to “remain flexible.”
“It is a dynamic situation and we said from the outset that we’re going to treat it as such, in that the — that — if there need to be changes made to the pace or to the scope and scale of the retrograde on any given day or in any given week, we want to maintain the flexibility to do that,” Kirby stated.
Afghan forces are currently locked in heavy fighting with the Taliban in several key regions, including the northern city of Kunduz.