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US presence in Mideast ‘could adjust’ after Afghanistan withdrawal, general claims

A top US Air Force general has suggested that the country’s presence in the West Asia region “could adjust” after the American defeat in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Gregory Guillot made the comments ahead of the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates.

“I don’t see any scenario where the United States does not have an important role,” Guillot claimed.

The United States and Qatar signed an accord for Doha to represent American interests in Afghanistan, whose control fell to the Taliban in the wake of US withdrawal.

"Qatar will establish a US interest section within its embassy in Afghanistan to provide certain consular services and monitor the condition and security of US diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan," said Secretary of State Antony Blinken after signing the agreement with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

According to a senior State Department official, Washington would also continue its relations with the Taliban's office in Doha.

"The protecting power arrangement envisions that Qatar would facilitate any formal communication between the United States and Afghanistan," the senior official told Reuters.

The US chaotic withdrawal of forces from the war ravaged country led to the return of Taliban to power and the toppling of the Afghan government, triggering outrage from Biden’s critics in the United States.

The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 following the September 11, 2001 attacks. American forces occupied the country for about two decades under the pretext of fighting against the Taliban. But as the US forces left Afghanistan, the Taliban stormed into Kabul, weakened by continued foreign occupation.

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