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US plan to leave Afghanistan “risks civil war”

BBC, 15 Apr 2021
President Biden’s plan to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 2021 “could lead to civil war”. That’s the warning from one of the country’s most senior politicians - the Speaker of the Afghan parliament.

The conflict is American’s longest military engagement and President Biden is determined to finally bring it to an end.

At the height of the war 100,000 US troops were deployed in Afghanistan. Currently, there are around 2,500.

Afghanistan remains divided with continuing violence and the Taliban still in control of many areas.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Secunder Kermani in Afghanistan’s Baalkh province and Gary O’Donoghue in Washington.

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