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Concern among Afghanistan's neighbors about Washington's attempt to secure an area to launch attacks after the withdrawal


US diplomats are escalating their campaign to persuade Central Asian leaders as they seek to secure a nearby staging area to respond to any insurgency in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, the Associated Press said.


 But even as senior officials head to the region, they face more skepticism from Afghanistan's neighbors about any such security partnership with the United States, in contrast to what was the case in 2001, when Central Asian nations made their territory available for American bases and troops, and provided Another arrival with America striking Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan following its planning of the September 11 terrorist attacks.


 The agency spoke of the lack of confidence in the United States as a reliable long-term bar, after a war that was only partially successful in Afghanistan, and after years of severe fluctuations in American participation at the regional and global levels. And there is Russia, which this week criticized the presence of a permanent US military base in its zone of influence in Central Asia, and said that it would not be acceptable.


 Meanwhile, the Taliban leadership, more internationally savvy than it was in 2001, is visiting regional capitals and Moscow this summer for its own diplomatic campaign, making broad pledges that it will continue to achieve regional security, peace and trade whatever happens in their fight. with the Kabul government.


The agency quoted John Heberst, who served as US ambassador to Uzbekistan and helped arrange military access in Central Asia in 2001, as saying that he personally sees the value of a US base in the region, but he does not know whether Central Asian countries see this value.

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