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According to this declaration the US President suggests that there will be some US military mission in Afghanistan after the end of August:

I want to be clear: The U.S. military mission in Afghanistan continues through the end of August. We remain — we retain personnel and capacities in the country, and we maintain some authority — excuse me, the same authority under which we’ve been operating for some time.

Fast-forward to mid-August and the Taliban have reached Kabul:

Taliban insurgents entered the Afghanistan capital Kabul on Sunday, an interior ministry official said, as the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.

According to this article, Kabul is likely to fall way faster than expected:

U.S. officials reportedly now predict that Kabul will fall much sooner than expected. Previous assessments predicted that the Afghan capital would surrender to the Taliban in six to 12 months after the departure of American forces. Now officials reportedly assert that Kabul could fall within 90 days. Given the degree to which Afghan government forces have melted away, rather than fight the Taliban, 90 days may be an optimistic prediction — which may be why some officials feel that the city will surrender in as little as a month.

How can U.S. military mission in Afghanistan exists if Kabul is very likely to fall anytime soon?

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  • July 8 was a long time ago in military developments terms in Afghanistan. Given that the Taliban overran the country except Kabul (for now), it's likely any such plans have undergone serious adjustments, announced or not. Last I recall from Pentagon's press conference of yesterday they were only talking of "over the horizon anti-terrorism capabilities" or some such.
    – Fizz
    Aug 15 at 10:56
  • The July announcement was criticized as fanciful/unrealistic even when it was made. slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/07/…
    – Fizz
    Aug 15 at 11:02
  • For now, the US mission has failed - to create a stable and democratic Afgan state, without announcing it, thus the military mission ends when all US personnel are safely evacuated.
    – r13
    Aug 15 at 20:51

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