‘Threat to Iran’: Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan puts pressure on US rivals

President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan this year foreshadows a surge of violence in the country that could put pressure on America’s rivals and foes in the region if Taliban forces try to execute a military takeover.

Biden announced the withdrawal timeline just weeks before an expected Afghanistan-themed summit in Turkey, which will host Taliban and Kabul government officials in an attempt to broker a peaceful settlement. The confirmed departure of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan will be welcomed in a sense by Russia, China, and Iran — but the expected struggle for control of the country also could damage their interests.

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