Kabul: With the US and NATO withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan, there is a growing concern that the country may fall into a civil war and terrorists can use it as their hotspots, considering this, a top white house official said that no one can say with any certainty what will happen in Afghanistan once US President Joe Biden withdraws the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 US troops by September 11 to end the country’s longest war.
“I can’t make any guarantees about what will happen inside the country. No one can,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on a television show on Sunday night.
“All the US can do is to provide the Afghan security forces, the government and the people, resources and capabilities, training and equip their forces and assistance to their government,” he said. “We have done that and now it is time for American troops to come home and the Afghan people to step up to defend their own country”.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Trump pal, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both attacked Biden for saying he’d withdraw troops. Graham even called it a “disaster in the making.
There were reports that even his generals wanted Biden to leave a residual force or consider withdrawing after a peace agreement was signed. However, many lawmakers were of the opinion that it was finally time for the US to end the war in Afghanistan.
Asked in a separate interview whether the US “won the war” in Afghanistan, Sullivan replied that the US had “achieved its objective” by degrading the presence of al-Qaida and killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a 2011 mission in Pakistan.
To counter concerns, Biden said the United States would monitor any terrorist threats in Afghanistan and keep substantial assets in the region. “He has no intention of taking our eye off the ball,” Sullivan said. “We have the capacity, from repositioning our capabilities over the horizon, to continue to suppress the terrorist threat in Afghanistan.”