Internal State Department Cable Warned of Kabul Collapse

Posted on AllSides August 20th, 2021
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State Department, Kabul
Taliban fighters on patrol in Kabul Thursday. PHOTO: RAHMAT GUL/ASSOCIATED PRESS

An internal State Department memo last month warned top agency officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the U.S.’s Aug. 31 troop withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. official and a person familiar with the document.

The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.

The cable, sent via the State Department’s confidential dissent channel, warned of rapid territorial gains by...

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