The U.S. is reportedly considering sending drones or warplanes in a separate crisis after the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan.
The United States is considering intervening with drones or warplanes if major Afghan cities are in danger of falling into the hands of the Taliban, The New York Times reported.
The report comes as long as the US continues withdrawing troops from AfghanistanThe Pentagon is expected to end in early July, well ahead of the September 11 deadline. The NATO-led coalition is also withdrawing troops from the country.
Since Biden announced his withdrawal of troops in April, the U.S. military has done so it repeatedly raised concerns over and above the impact that the movement will have on Afghan security forces in the ongoing fight against the Taliban, they were ousted from power when foreign forces intervened in 2001 but remain in control of large parts of the country.
Of particular concern has been the expected end of U.S. air support. Afghan forces have been accused of giving a tactical advantage over the Taliban.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that officials were growing the possibility of sending warplanes in what the newspaper described as an “extraordinary crisis” such as the imminent collapse of the Afghan capital Kabul.
Officials told the newspaper that the intervention would need presidential approval. They added that it will be difficult to sustain the attacks in the long term, as the U.S. leaves all air bases in Afghanistan and is likely to launch operations from U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf.
Report The Biden administration is hesitant to find out about a future approach to a settled conflict after retiring meeting With NATO allies next week.
While U.S. authorities pledged to assist the Afghan government through diplomatic support and efforts, they had previously said that future military attacks in the country would only take place within “counterterrorism” operations if they posed a direct threat to the U.S..
However, officials told the newspaper that the debate has been renewed over what would be a direct threat to the US.