Kabul: With the US administration announcing its troop withdrawal plan by 9/11, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that President Biden is “paving the way for another 9/11” by removing forces from Afghanistan.
This criticism comes even as there is growing concern that a hasty exit from Afghanistan could leave the country in disarray and that a civil war could take place. Troop withdrawal from Afghanistan should be conditions-based, otherwise, it will once again face the bitter experience of the past. Hasty withdrawal would worsen the situation and lead to civil war, said Afghan parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani on Tuesday.
However, the US, UN and Qatar are planning a peace summit in Istanbul with the Afghan government and the Taliban to chalk out a future roadmap for the country. Taliban has refused to participate in any peace talks till the troops have been withdrawn, while the Afghan government is ready with a unified peace plan for the April 26 summit.
Graham criticized the Biden administration this in response to a Washington Post report that Biden plans on a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September 11 this year, 20 years after 9/11. The plan has been largely celebrated by Democrats while many Republicans have criticized it. Graham even said Afghanistan is “going to deteriorate pretty rapidly” and said Biden is “paving the way for another 9/11.”
“I think Joe Biden on foreign policy has been completely incompetent and destabilizing. What he’s done with the Iranians is a threat to everything we’ve accomplished in the Mideast, I just hope and pray that I’m wrong, but I know what was going to happen in Iraq and Afghanistan is going to be worse,” said Graham.
These developments come even as there are reports of increasing violence in the country in clashes and counter-clashes between the Afghan government and the Taliban.