Internal State Department cable warned of Kabul collapse: US journal

Internal State Department cable warned of Kabul collapse: US journal

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United States’ (US) Wall Street Journal has published a report claiming that Internal State Department memo last month warned top agency officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the August 31 troop withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan.

According to this article, the classified telegram represents the clearest evidence to date that the government has received warnings from its officials that the Taliban’s offensive is imminent and that the Afghan army may not be able to stop it.

Two people familiar with the matter said that the telegram was sent through the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warning the Taliban to quickly seize the territory, and the Afghan security forces subsequently collapsed, and made recommendations on ways to alleviate the crisis and speed up the evacuation.

One of the people familiar with the matter said that the telegram dated July 13 also called on the State Department to use harsher language when describing the atrocities committed by the Taliban.

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