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Taliban launches huge offensive after US’ Trump-era Afghanistan withdrawal deadline missed

Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country following a missed US deadline to withdraw troops.Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban last year, its pull-out has begun, with President Joe Biden announcing all troops will out by September 11. Critics of the decision to withdraw say the militants…Afghan security forces fought back a huge Taliban offensive in southern Helmand province, officials and residents said on Tuesday, as militants launched assaults around the country following a missed US deadline to withdraw troops.Although the United States did not meet the May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed in talks with the Taliban last year, its pull-out has begun, with President Joe Biden announcing all troops will out by September 11. Critics of the decision to withdraw say the militants…Read MoreSouth China Morning Post