Al-Qaeda will now have a more permissive environment in which to operate, but the precise context will be important for the U.S. policy response.
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Does the United States still have the grit necessary to fight and win long wars?
The committee will hear testimony from Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Commander of the United States Central Command Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
The presence of international terrorist groups may grow in the months and years ahead, but there are steps the United States can take to mitigate the risks.
At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing to evaluate the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The committee will hear testimony from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
At 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing to evaluate the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and related policy. The committee will hear testimony from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The Taliban’s survival depends on how it handles and prevents armed opposition to its rule and manages the country’s economy and relations with external actors.
Commentators trying to pass blame for the handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal get the alliance's role in the conflict wrong.
On Aug. 26, the Islamic State in Khorasan committed two deadly attacks outside the Kabul airport. Although not new to the region, this has prompted questions about the group, its capabilities and the threat it poses to the stability of Afghanistan.
Short on options in Afghanistan, the United States is pressing the Taliban on several issues even as they cooperate on urgent priorities. The Taliban will not compromise on their core interests but could partner on narrowly defined mutual objectives.