Under Trump, Afghanistan was a Stalemate with 10,000 US and NATO Troops, Now Al-Qaeda a Real Threat: Gen. Milley Testifies

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, serves as the presiding official during a retirement ceremony for Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel in Tampa, Fla., March 28, 2019. / DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The Taliban remains dangerous and is harboring al-Qaida, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley told the panel that when President Joe Biden was inaugurated in January the situation in Afghanistan was at a stalemate with roughly 10,000 U.S. and NATO troops in the nation.

The Trump administration had negotiated the Doha Agreement with the Taliban in Qatar in February 2020. Under the agreement, the United States would begin to withdraw its forces contingent upon the Taliban meeting certain conditions. This would lead to a political agreement between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

“There were seven conditions [in the Doha Agreement] applicable to the Taliban and eight conditions applicable to the United States,” Milley said. “While the Taliban did not attack U.S. forces, which was one of the conditions, it failed to fully honor any, any other condition under the Doha Agreement.

“And perhaps most importantly for U.S. national security, the Taliban has never renounced al-Qaida, or broke its affiliation with them.” Milley said the United States adhered to every condition.

“We provided a broad range of options and our assessment of their potential outcomes [to Team Biden],” he said. “On 14 April, President [Biden] announced his decision, and the U.S. military received a change of mission to retrograde all U.S. military forces.”

Milley said he doesn’t know if the group can consolidate power in the country or if the country will further fracture into civil war. “But we must continue to protect the United States of America and its people from terrorist attacks coming from Afghanistan. A reconstituted al-Qaida or [Islamic State] with aspirations to attack the United States is a very real possibility.”

READ THE REST OF GENERAL MILLEY’S TESTIMONY AND WATCH THE VIDEOS AT DEFENSE.GOV.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
17 days ago

Thanks to withdrawl gone amuck

Bill Campbell
Bill Campbell
17 days ago

Biden and his puppet masters ie Soros, Obama, Rice and other anti-American communist formerly demoncrats and also all the taliban terrorist they brought to our country as refugees

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
17 days ago

No DC is the Real Threat

SHERYL McKown
17 days ago

RIGHT YOU ARE… WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN!! 1776 ..we have to do something

Barbara Kennedy
Barbara Kennedy
17 days ago

stop sending me this ad. I’ve had it with you.


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