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US State Dept Holds Press Briefing Following Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

© REUTERS / Joshua RobertsThe State Department Building is pictured in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2017
The State Department Building is pictured in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2017 - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.08.2021
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Notwithstanding that US intelligence agencies have long predicted an ultimate Taliban* victory, they didn’t expect a collapse of the Afghan defense forces to happen within weeks.
The US Department of State is holding a press conference on Tuesday after the Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned on Sunday and fled the country a few hours later to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants had to fight for the city.
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