Earthquake poses test of US resistance to the Taliban Will the administration take additional steps to help Afghanistan or sit on the sidelines because it won’t recognize the government?

After an earthquake reportedly killed at least 1,000 people in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the international community, including the UK and European Union, kick-started its provision of aid. Even an Indian air force jet landed in Taliban-controlled Kabul with supplies marking a potential overture by New Delhi, which was a longtime critic of any negotiations with the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Pakistan dispatched convoys of essential aid. Iran also pledged to provide assistance. Our partners around the world are engaging with reality in Afghanistan. The regionalization of aid and humanitarian relief to the country should be welcomed by Western capitals because it is far more sustainable and efficient.

But Washington’s risk averse approach to engagement with Taliban-led Afghanistan falls short despite being the largest provider of aid.

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