Jacobson talks to CBS News, Washington Post about Afghanistan withdrawal
August 11, 2021
ABC radio,CBS News,The Washington Post,USA Today
The U.S. and NATO are finalizing their withdrawal from Afghanistan after decades of war while the Taliban is gaining more ground as troops struggle to battle insurgents on two fronts. A U.S. convoy is in Qatar in an attempt to convince the Taliban to accept a ceasefire. "I'm hopeful that there can be some sort of ceasefire," Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington Programs, tells CBS News. "I don't see any incentive at this point for the Taliban to engage in a ceasefire," he says. "What I think it would take is a public announcement by the [Biden] administration that while the U.S. remains committed to a withdrawal of its military forces on the ground, that American air power will be deployed in support of the Afghan National Security Forces and this will continue until the Taliban come to the table and agree to a political settlement with the Afghan government." Jacobson also spoke to ABC Radio (Australia) and the Washington Post.
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