News analysis

Afghan President’s Washington visit indicates lifeline for Kabul

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference following his meeting with US President Joe Biden, on June 25, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - The United States' withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan leaves the government in Kabul all but under siege, with new US intelligence estimating that it could last as little as six months after the scheduled complete withdrawal on Sept 11.

In Washington, this reality is sinking in fast. But on Friday (June 25), President Joe Biden assured Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani: "We're going to stick with you and we're going to do our best to see to it you have the tools you need.

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