A comeback for al-Qaeda
Overnight, America’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin have been questioned in Congress about last month’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan – and the picture isn’t pretty… Austin said the speed that Afghanistan’s national guard crumbled was a shock. “We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation,” he said of local forces’ surrender, often without firing a shot against the Taliban. Milley says al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan could threaten the US in as little as 12 months – and that the Taliban has not broken ties with the terror organisation responsible for the 9/11 attacks on America. He also backed a senior colleague who said they recommended the US keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan to support the government – advice US President Joe Biden has said he wasn’t given “that I can recall.”
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