NATO Troops to Stay in Afghanistan Beyond May Pullout Deadline

Decision has been made, now looking for a way to roll the blame on the Taliban

The narrative by which the Biden Administration will ultimately keep US ground troops in Afghanistan is still being built around claims of the Taliban not meeting the February 29 deal, but seems more cemented than ever with NATO framing its own abrogation of the pullout.

NATO officials confirmed this weekend that they will not be meeting the May deadline for leaving Afghanistan. They’d previously said they couldn’t possibly stay without the US, and the Ghani government has pushed the US to stay as well.

With the Pentagon already talking up staying in Afghanistan, NATO is giving them a ready-made excuse, and officials say Biden is now “taking a hard look” at the peace deal that the US signed last year.

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