US, Afghan’s neighbors scramble to address Taliban surge


              Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, flanked by his bodyguard and an official steps down from a plane upon his arrival at Tashkent International airport, Uzbekistan, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan are among those expected to attend the conference along with foreign ministers of Central and South Asian nations, according to Mirziyoyev's official website. (AP Photo)
            
              Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, flanked by his bodyguard and an official steps down from a plane upon his arrival at Tashkent International airport, Uzbekistan, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan are among those expected to attend the conference along with foreign ministers of Central and South Asian nations, according to Mirziyoyev's official website. (AP Photo)
            
              Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, left, receives a bunch of flowers from a woman upon his arrival at Tashkent International airport, Uzbekistan, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan are among those expected to attend the conference along with foreign ministers of Central and South Asian nations, according to Mirziyoyev's official website. (AP Photo)