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Internal State Department Cable Warned of Kabul Collapse

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Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, center, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, visits Kabul in 2020. (AP Photos/Lolita Baldor)
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An internal State Department memo last month warned top agency officials of the potential collapse of Kabul soon after the U.S.’s troop withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan; the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent.

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