US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Milley both testified at the US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan.
Turkey and the US agree to continue strong partnership on Afghanistan, while the UK calls upon China and Russia to agree on a coordinated approach to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for militants.
In an exclusive interview with TRT World, Ahmad Wali Massoud shares his thoughts on the staying power of the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate, the future of the resistance, and what the US and Britain both got wrong.
Meanwhile, a Taliban official said the group was "waiting for the final nod from the Americans" to take full control of the Kabul airport.
President Joe Biden has doubled down on his decision to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan despite the Taliban's rapid advances, but pledged to send more troops to evacuate civilians and warned the militants not to threaten that mission.
Twenty years of investment that cost $2 trillion and nearly 2,500 US lives were disintegrating within days as the militants seized two of the largest cities with little resistance and closed in on the capital Kabul.
As US withdrawal nears and the Taliban makes sweeping territorial gains, Russia’s security presence in Central Asia and diplomatic involvement in Afghanistan is rapidly growing.
The refugees, including children, have escaped as the militia takes control of vast areas in Afghanistan.
Thousands of Afghans have left behind escalating violence to seek shelter elsewhere in the country amid ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
Who controls the Kabul airport has become a crucial aspect of US withdrawal. Turkey is willing to help as long as Washington addresses some compelling factors.
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