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Taliban’s Actions Could Mean Leaving US Troops in Afghanistan, Central Command Chief Warns

Actions by the Taliban could mean the United States doesn’t complete a full withdrawn from Afghanistan as laid out in a peace deal, a top U.S. military official said Monday. “Frankly, I remain concerned about the actions that the Taliban has taken up until this point,” Frank McKenzie, the U.S. Central Command chief, said during a virtual event put on by the Middle East Institute. The Taliban has continued resorting “to extreme violence, targeted killings across the country, and frequent attacks” on Afghan military members, McKenzie told the event, adding, “The level of violence is just simply too high.” The peace agreement reached between the United States and the Taliban last year lays out a full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1. President Joe Biden’s administration “is taking a close look at the way forward” in accordance with the agreement, but “some key elements of that plan …

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