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United States could slow pullout from Afghanistan

United States could slow pullout from Afghanistan




Violence in taliban seeking a return to  power in the region pentagon has now  said that u.s military would slow down  its withdrawal from afghanistan to  combat this crisis  however president biden's deadline to  complete a withdrawal by  september will continue to remain in  place now during this briefing on monday  pentagon spokesman john kirby said  that u.s is likely to slow down its  troops pull out from the region due to  the recent military gains  made by taliban insurgents kirby however  stressed on the fact that recent gains  by the taliban  would not alter the time table for the  withdrawal however the pace will be  admitted based on the political  environment  said from the very beginning um  while there is a schedule we were  mindful that that schedule could  fluctuate and change as  as conditions change too so um i i can't  speak to any specific recommendations  he's making  uh about the taliban advances  but i can tell you that that he's  looking at the situation  every day with a fresh set of eyes to  see if  you know the the pace that we're setting  is the appropriate case  for the kinds of capabilities that uh we  think we need  to again conduct a safe and orderly  retrograde  now taliban militants took control of ki  district in afghanistan's northern  kunduz province and  encircled the provisional provincial  capital on monday a taliban spokesperson  confirmed imam  district was taliban is in taliban's  hands and several other districts have  also fallen to insurgent groups  in the latest round of fighting  according to the witnesses  doshi district of the baghlan province  was also in the taliban hands  and this gives taliban control of one  road that links five  northern provinces to kabul this now  comes as taliban continues to regain  power in the volatile region  dozens of districts have fallen to  taliban since first of may  when u.s and nato troops began their  final departure from afghanistan  despite afghan forces retaking some key  districts from the insurgent group  situation in the northern provinces  continues to remain strained according  to reports people in various provinces  including baghlan and in the north have  taken up  arms to fight against the taliban  militants  and for more on this vion correspondent  kate fisher is joining us live from  washington  dc kate thank you for joining us now as  i mentioned earlier they are thinking of  slowing down the pace of withdrawal but  the september deadline is still very  much in place  so how do you think that's going to work  yeah that's right this was uh john kirby  the pentagon spokesman speaking  today here in washington uh us  answering reporters questions just like  your own you know  this uh violence by the taliban  insurgents has  really increased over the weekend we saw  um some two dozen districts uh  being taken by the taliban that's on top  of around 30 that have fallen to them  since so there is a real concern that as  those us troops leave the country they  are leaving  some of these parts of afghanistan  vulnerable  to attack and that is of course only  going to get worse as more and more  us troops leave so um the pentagon  spokesman  john kirby saying we're going to look at  this on a day-to-day basis and we will  change things if  necessary we'll adjust the pace of this  withdrawal if we  think we need to all right now as we've  seen  the situation is already very volatile  taliban has occupied a lot of the  regions here  but right now the pace can be adjusted  how do you think the us will ensure the  safety of the region once the withdrawal  is complete  well this is another big question and i  think that is likely to be  on the agenda when the afghanistan  president visits  joe biden the president here at the  white house on  friday there has been some  discussion that perhaps the u.s can  still defend  afghanistan from outside of the country  that could perhaps involve  air strikes but as yet we don't have  a plan there is nothing that's been  published announced by the white house's  how they intend to keep the afghanistan  people  safe once um you know that the  u.s troops have left but there's  certainly a growing concern about the  security situation there  given the number of taliban attacks uh  in the in the last few weeks  right kate as if now there does seem to  be no  concrete plan in place so do you think  this will yield any results or do you  think this is just futile to slow down  the pace or to readjust the pace as what  they're saying right now  yeah that's right the pentagon's saying  that uh  nothing will change and when it comes to  the deadline for when  u.s forces are going to leave that will  be the september deadline that was  announced by president joe biden in  april  that will not change and all u.s forces  will leave the country except for those  that are needed  to protect any diplomatic staff there  but uh they did make it clear today that  instead of that being  uh as fast as they had hoped if they  could slow that down  should this violence um continue to get  worse and they say that they  are dealing with this on a by day hour  to hour  basis and they will make decisions based  on that.

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