The latest tragedy in Kabul

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Author(s) Sewell Chan
Source Los Angeles Times
Date August 26, 2021
URL https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-08-26/biden-afghanistan-evacuation-bombings
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Quotes-start.png The administration has acknowledged that the Afghan government collapsed far faster than intelligence analysts and most military and diplomatic experts had anticipated. Fair enough. But the truth is that the Afghan government had itself urged against a mass evacuation, fearing that the sight of thousands of Afghans leaving on planes would undermine the already shaky confidence in the government of President Ashraf Ghani and his Western-backed forces. Moreover, as Biden reiterated Thursday, no war ends with a completely smooth, bloodless withdrawal of all troops and allied civilians. Quotes-end.png


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This item argues for the position Withdrawal was justified on the topic Withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021).


This item argues against the position Withdrawal was poorly executed on the topic Withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan (2020–2021).