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Pentagon: Afghanistan withdrawal was “a strategic failure”


Gen. Mark Milley at a Senate hearing on Tuesday Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

Pentagon: Afghanistan withdrawal was “a strategic failure”

Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan could pose a terrorist threat to the United States in the next 12 to 36 months, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin joined Milley and head of U.S. Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie to testify about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August. While the officials praised a speedy exit and “the largest airlift in American history,” each admitted the Afghan government’s swift fall to the Taliban caught them by surprise.

What went wrong? McKenzie linked current difficulties to the agreement between the Trump administration and the Taliban, saying that it severely injured the morale of Afghan security forces. President Donald Trump ordered a withdrawal by May 2021 but has since said the U.S. should not have kept the agreement because the Taliban broke its promises not to attack U.S. troops. McKenzie and Milley said they advised President Joe Biden to keep 2,500 troops in the country, contradicting Biden’s assertions that no commanders opposed his plan for military withdrawal.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report about how veterans and aid workers are responding to Taliban rule.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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Salty1

“Afghanistan withdrawal was ‘a strategic failure’”

This was the understatement of the year! We literally made the Taliban one of the best militarily equipped armies in the world by all the equipment we left! It was utter stupidity!

SleeperSRT10

What a joke. The Dems always blame the former president when their policies are destined to fail before they even start. Obama blew it in and Afghanistan and so did Biden. End of story...