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Kamala Harris in 2019: I Will Protect the Women of Afghanistan and Keep Terrorists Out

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 10, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Kamala Harris, to the Council on Foreign Relations, August 21, 2019:

Nobody can predict what President Trump will do between now and 2021, so as soon as I take office, I will bring together our military leaders, national security advisers, and top diplomats to coordinate and implement that withdrawal plan. I fully recognize the importance of diplomacy and development to success in Afghanistan, and I want to ensure that the country is on a path to stability, that we protect the gains that have been made for Afghan women and others, and that it never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists.

Is Afghanistan today “on a path to stability”? Has the U.S. “protected the gains that have been made for Afghan women and others”? With the al-Qaeda affiliated Haqqani-group now running security in Kabul, how likely is it that Afghanistan “never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists”?


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