Following the escalation of widespread Taliban attacks and the seizure of several districts around Kabul, U.S. officials have now announced that the Department of Defense has decided to resume suspended airstrikes if the Taliban attacks continued in major cities.
“The United States has decided to prepare for airstrikes to support the Afghan security forces. This decision will be made when the Taliban try to seize control of major cities,” the Insider news website reported.
“The Pentagon intends to support the Afghan military with airstrikes. This decision is made when a serious threat poses to the major cities of Afghanistan and the Taliban are trying to seize parts of the major cities in the country,” the Insider quoted the New York Times as saying. “as in current situation Taliban are willing to take over one of the largest cities in Afghanistan, especially Kabul.”
However, the President of the United States has pledged to withdraw all his troops from Afghanistan by September 11, which will end the mission of the U.S. Air Force. But now, the polls are being held to prevent further threats of Taliban attacks, and Americans believe airstrikes would be the best option to support the Afghan military.
Meanwhile, the Times reports that one of the main reasons for the change in the Pentagon’s decision is to support Afghanistan’s security and defense forces. Also, it was the increase in insurgent attacks and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.
Officials at Biden’s administration told the Times that no final decision on U.S. airstrikes had been made yet, but that potential talks were underway as the Taliban sought to launch large-scale attacks on Afghanistan’s major cities. In recent days the group’s threat to seize Kabul has increased more than any other province.
“We were attacked. When we went to Afghanistan, our goals were clear. Now we have achieved these goals. Bin Laden said: “we killed Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda have disintegrated in Afghanistan,” said U.S. President Joe Biden. “So now is the time to end the war in Afghanistan forever.”
But critics of the plan to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, leaving zero soldiers in the country, say the move would increase the threat posed by radical Islamist groups and jeopardize recent gains.
“President Biden must reverse this decision and pursue a policy of confidence that another 9/11 attack will not occur in the United States,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator. “A definitive exit is the biggest mistake that increases the chances of giving a gift to America’s enemies,” said McConnell, a U.S. congressional minority senator.
The Times talks about the possibility of a resumption of U.S. airstrikes, which Biden officials had previously worried about. If Afghanistan withdraws completely, the country’s security forces will face a significant challenge, and the Taliban will try. The western media has stated that currently, the Taliban are trying to achieve more geography.