Afghanistan distrust of US endangers possibility of nearby staging area

Los Estados Unidos. found strong support when it first entered the region following the attack on 9/11. Central Asian countries offered territory for U.S. bases, troops and other access as the U.S. staged a sustained campaign against Al-Qaida in Afganistán.

Two decades in the region has seemingly done little to strengthen those ties: Trust of the U.S. as a long-term partner has floundered after an only partly successful war in Afghanistan and fluctuating engagement, former American diplomats said.

Supporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban's signature white flags in the Afghan-Pakistan border town of Chaman, Pakistán, miércoles, mes de julio 14, 2021. The Taliban is pressing on with its surge in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that it seized Spin Boldaka, a strategic border crossing with Pakistan, the latest in a series of key border post to come under its control in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Tariq Achkzai)

Supporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban’s signature white flags in the Afghan-Pakistan border town of Chaman, Pakistán, miércoles, mes de julio 14, 2021. The Taliban is pressing on with its surge in Afghanistan, saying Wednesday that it seized Spin Boldaka, a strategic border crossing with Pakistan, the latest in a series of key border post to come under its control in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Tariq Achkzai)

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