The Afghan people didn’t choose the Taliban. They fought and died alongside us.

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Author(s) Condoleezza Rice
Source The Washington Post
Date August 17, 2021
URL https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/17/condoleezza-rice-afghans-didnt-choose-taliban/
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Quotes-start.png More time for the Afghans didn’t have to entail combat troops, just a core American presence for training, air support and intelligence. More time for us might have retained American intelligence and counterterrorism assets on the ground to protect our allies and our homeland from the reemergence of a terrorist haven. More time might have preserved our sophisticated Bagram air base in the middle of a dangerous region that includes Pakistan and borders the most dangerous country in the Middle East — Iran. Quotes-end.png


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