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US News Afghanistan: an inevitable American withdrawal after a missed war

11:05  15 april  2021
11:05  15 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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After twenty years of war, the longest known by the United States, US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan "unconditionally" by September 11, despite fears of 'a return to strength of the Taliban. For many experts, this war has not made things happen in the field, which was predictable from the start.

The objectives of the American war in Afghanistan have really been achieved, like the A affirmed this Wednesday Joe Biden ? The troops sent twenty years ago in the country following the attacks of the 11-September managed to "make sure that Afghanistan does not serve as a basis to attack again" America, according to the words From the successor of Donald Trump?

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Michel Goya, former colonel of the army, historian and conflict specialist, answers in the negative: "Al-Qaeda is still there. The Taliban are still there. They are even almost as strong as they were in 2001. So we are at the end of a process that can be called a failed war, undeniably. It is a war whose scratching was predictable almost from the start, but who continued, who persevered because we engaged in something we did not know how to get out, with extremely ambitious goals, too ambitious and who, in reality, could not be achieved. The reality principle finally took over late. Which led to withdrawal. "

Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of the remaining 2,500 US soldiers in Afghanistan from May 1st and by September 11, twenty-year-old day after the attacks in the United States provoked American intervention. Stressing being "the fourth American president to manage the American military presence in Afghanistan," he promised not to convey "this responsibility to a fifth", judging futile to wait "to create the ideal conditions for a withdrawal".

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a return not excluded

according to Michel Goya, interviewed by Cléa Broadhurst of the international RFI service, Joe Biden has Taken this decision after understanding that the military solution in Afghanistan was not going to sustain. The American President, points out the colonel, "ended up a bit in the same position as Obama with the commitment in Iraq: (a) situation where in reality there is no choice ... to continue a Sort of eternal war, without hope of getting a decisive result, or withdraw. It is always a delicate choice since the withdrawal will be synonymous with failure, defeat. As total success was anyway out of reach, it is certainly the wisest solution.

"This is the right decision," greeted the former President Barack Obama, who had sent significant reinforcements in the country in 2009 against the opinion of his right arm of the time, Joe Biden.

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"But the war is not over, notifies Michel Goya. The Americans will be gone militarily, but they will always be present in various ways. It must be understood for example that Afghanistan is a state that can not afford to pay its army. It is an important army, which has been created virtually any room with the help of allies and Americans in particular, and is paid by the Americans. These will certainly continue to finance Afghan security forces. What will cost them still quite expensive. It is not excluded that they can reinterpire, by the use of air force possibly.

This Wednesday, Joe Biden warned that he would hold the Taliban for "responsible" if they were to betray their "commitment". "Withdrawing our forces from Afghanistan by the 11th of September will only bring Jihadists who attacked our country 20 years earlier," protested the Republican MP Liz Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, L One of the initiators of the intervention in Afghanistan in 2001.

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