Afghanistan: Blinken sells Biden troop withdrawal in surprise visit

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    The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday paid an announce visit to Afghanistan, in the wake of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops by September 11. FRANCE 24 correspondent Nanna Muus Steffensen says Blinken is seeking to reassure Afghan politicians concerned about the US withdrawal.

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