Former special US envoy to Afghanistan sounds off on US’ ‘unfinished business’ in the country

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Former unique U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad stated the United States “even now ha[s] unfinished company in Afghanistan” on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Friday in light-weight of the Taliban’s takeover of the place very last August.

“The arrangement that we created – which was issue-centered under…[former President Donald] Trump[‘s] administration – some of those conditions have not materialized.,” the author of “The Envoy: From Kabul to the White Property, My Journey Via a Turbulent World” said. “The Taliban have not implemented individuals. We want to keep the Taliban accountable for those agreements. …I advocated that rather than disengaging, we need to push the Taliban to negotiate and get to an settlement on the implementation of the remaining sections dealing with terrorism…[and] the establishment of a wide-based federal government.”


Khalilzad said he nervous that “we had been turning our back again and not performing what we needed to do to defend the American pursuits nevertheless in Afghanistan.”

He argued that even though President Biden’s administration is “concerned” about combatting terrorism, it will fester in an ungoverned setting if Afghanistan falls apart below the Taliban. The Biden administration is not negotiating with the Taliban mainly because of its perception as a terrorist group, he stated.

The previous U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said the Taliban “want[s] normalcy in relations” with the U.S. and “the resources of Afghanistan and the [U.S.] to be unfrozen.”

Khalilzad verified MacCallum’s report that the Taliban did, in truth, permit the U.S. to “safe … Kabul as part of the [U.S.’] exit arrangement.” Khalilzad exposed that Gen. Frank McKenzie explained in a Doha conference that his “mandate” was not to protected Kabul but to evacuate the somewhere around 2,500 American troops remaining.

Biden chose a calendar-primarily based withdrawal above Trump’s condition-based withdrawal, Khalilzad reported. He quelled considerations that al Qaeda or ISIS could attack the U.S. in the near future, stating the Taliban has so much upheld its motivation “not to allow … plotting and organizing by al Qaeda and other teams towards the [U.S.].”

When asked about the ISIS assault that killed 13 American troops in Kabul and the Syria assault, Khalilzad said though terrorism “remains a challenge,” the U.S. has “other significant challenges, these as the rise of China.” 

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“When we have the [terror] details and the targets, we must answer if the locals do not do the task,” he reported.