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Analysis | Blinken’s claim Biden ‘inherited no plan’ for Afghan withdrawal


“Our expectation was that after August 31, after the military withdrawal, the government, the security forces, would be in control of Kabul, of the major cities, and our embassy was fully planned to remain operational.” Blinks added. “We left about 600 military personnel behind to ensure that we could secure the embassy so that it continues to function. …. What wasn’t, what we didn’t expect, was that 11-day collapse of the government’s security forces. That’s what changed everything.”

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