The United States has considered sending drones or warplanes into an extraordinary crisis following the retreat of Afghanistan.
The United States has considered intervening with drones or warplanes in case major Afghan cities risk falling in front of the Taliban, The New York Times reported.
The report comes as the US continues withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, with the Pentagon expected to conclude the pullout in early July, well before the September 11 deadline. A NATO-led coalition is also withdrawing its troops from the country.
Since Biden announced the withdrawal of troops in April, U.S. military officers have done so. has repeatedly raised concerns on the effect the move will have on Afghan security forces in their ongoing fight against the Taliban, which was ousted from power when foreign forces intervened in 2001 but continues to control large areas of the country.
Of particular concern has been the planned end of U.S. air assistance, which has been credited with giving Afghan forces a tactical advantage over the Taliban.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that officials weighed the option of sending in warplanes in what the newspaper described as “an extraordinary crisis,” such as the impending fall of the Afghan capital Kabul.
Such an intervention would require presidential approval, officials told the newspaper. They added that it would be difficult to sustain the attacks for a long time, since the United States would leave all its air bases in Afghanistan and probably launch operations from American bases in the Persian Gulf.
The report comes as the Biden administration is faced with pending questions about its future approach to the rooted conflict following its recovery before a meeting with NATO allies next week.
While pledging to support the Afghan government through diplomatic aid and efforts, U.S. officials had already said it would launch future military attacks in the country only as part of “counterterrorism” operations if there is a threat. direct to the United States.
However, officials told the newspaper that there has been a new debate over what would pose a direct threat to the United States.