As President Biden prepares to lay out his plan to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, a source familiar with his thinking tells CNN's camanpour that he thinks no amount of US troops in the country can be a game changer anymore
As President Biden prepares to lay out his plan Wednesday to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America's longest war, a source familiar with his thinking tells me that he thinks no amount of US troops in the country can be a game changer anymore.
Biden has been remarkably consistent in this belief, dating back to 2009 when he visited Afghanistan as vice president-elect and was later seen as an outlier in the Obama Administration, which decided to double down on the US troop presence in the country. Journalists reflect on Afghanistan as Biden prepares to announce troop withdrawalNow that's he sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, he is calling the shots. The source says there has been a months-long consultation within the administration, and with allies, before reaching the decision to withdraw many of the remaining 2,500 US troops.When asked whether the thousands of other NATO forces would stay to help the elected Afghan government and train the Afghan security forces, the source said,"I would not expect that, no. We came in together, we adjusted together and we will leave together."So what does this mean for Afghanistan itself? On the very same day as news of the president's decision to leave by September 11, 2021 -- 20 years after Osama bin Laden launched the 9/11 terror attacks against America -- the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the Annual Threats report, in which the intelligence community concludes:"We assess that prospects for a peace deal will remain low during the next year. The Taliban is likely to make gains on the battlefield, and the Afghan Government will struggle to hold the Taliban at bay if the coalition withdraws support."Read MoreBiden's First 100 Days
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camanpour camanpour RESPECT THE DUHA_AGREEMENT REGARDING WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN. camanpour many Afghans, particularly woman, prefer the current situation, even if there is no 'game changer', over Taliban rule.
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