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Afghanistan turmoil

As US retreats from policeman role, rest of world pressed to fill void

Afghan withdrawal points to Japan and allies assuming greater defense burden

TOKYO -- The blasts near Kabul's airport Thursday that killed 13 U.S. service members mark a tragic end to two decades of American presence in Afghanistan.

Despite the recent evacuations conducted by the U.S. and other nations, another a few hundred thousand Afghans who cooperated with the Americans reported still remain in the country, according to some estimates. These people could be subject to retribution from the Taliban, despite the assurance of asylum from Afghanistan's new rulers.

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