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Afghanistan crisis raises old questions about US' global role

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The United States' hoped-for orderly withdrawal from Afghanistan has become a debacle which risks denting President Joe Biden's legacy and marring US credibility.

To US allies, the withdrawal is another example of the US intervening - in the case of Afghanistan, on grounds widely seen as justified as the Taleban had given shelter to Al-Qaeda, which perpetrated the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US - but later losing sight of the objective.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2021, with the headline Afghanistan crisis raises old questions about US' global role. Subscribe