US envoy: fears of Taliban conquering Kabul are overblown

21st May, 2021

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Khalilzad Argued That The Taliban Have Reason Not To Push For A Military Victory And Instead Pursue A Negotiated Political Settlement.

Predictions that the Taliban will quickly overrun Afghan government forces and conquer Kabul once U.S. and coalition forces have fully withdrawn are unduly pessimistic, Washington’s special envoy to Afghanistan said Tuesday. “I personally believe that the statements that their forces will disintegrate and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken,” Zalmay Khalilzad told the House Foreign Affairs Committee, whose members expressed deep worry that President Joe Biden’s decision to fully withdraw by September will lead to chaos and intensified civil war.

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