KABUL: The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US will still be present in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American forces scheduled to complete on September 11.
“We’ve been engaged in Afghanistan for 20 years, and we sometimes forget why we went there in the first place, and that was to deal with the people who attacked us on 9/11. And we did. Just because our troops are coming home doesn’t mean we’re leaving. We’re not,” Blinken said on Sunday on CBS News.
The US embassy will remain in Afghanistan, according to Blinken, and the US will continue to provide commercial, humanitarian, and developmental assistance to the country.
When asked whether the Taliban could take over Afghanistan, Blinken said, “We have to be prepared for any situation, and there are a lot of them.”
This is while White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, announced that the US had begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. She told reporters that the US Army Ranger task force will be deployed to Afghanistan to guard the withdrawing forces.