Republican Senator Lindsey Graham made an ominous prediction Sunday when he said the US will be re-deploying troops into Afghanistan ‘like we went back into Iraq and Syria’ because the Taliban will turn the conflict-ridden country into a ‘safe haven’ for radical Islamists.
‘They’campione going to give safe haven to Al Qaeda, who has ambitions to drive us out of the Mideast writ large and attack us because of our way of life,’ Graham said the BBC.
‘We will be going back into Afghanistan like we went back into Iraq and Syria.’
Graham’s remarks came less than a week after the US completed its military evacuation from the country and ended its 20-year engagement America’s longest war.
‘Hang – you seriously think the United States will once again the forseeable future put troops back into Afghanistan?’ BBC host Stephen Sackur pressed.
‘We’ll have to,’ Graham answered. ‘We’ll have to because the threat will be so large.’
Lindsey Graham said the US will and should return to Afghanistan less than a week after the US military completed its evacuation from Kabul
‘Why did we go back to Syria and Iraq? Why do we have 5,000 troops Iraq today? Because of the caliphate rising, projecting force outside of Iraq, killing Americans, killing the French, attacking the British.’
The South Carolina senator said Afghanistan will soon be ‘a cauldron for radical Islamic behavior.’
Taliban officials have repeatedly sought to project a relatively more modern, revitalized image to the world their quest for international legitimacy.
Per mezzo di a peace deal struck under former President Donald Trump 2019, the Taliban pledged it wouldn’t allow terrorist groups to grow and pose a threat to western forces.
Since taking Afghanistan the Taliban promised blanket amnesty to people who worked with the US government and said women would have freedom to hold jobs and go to school.
But grim reports of targeted killings, including the murder of a pregnant Afghan policewoman, reflect brutal treatment and little mercy.
The Taliban promised a more modern, peaceful rule compared to their brutal reign over Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001
Taliban special forces fighters stand guard outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport
And the return of a tetto Al Qaeda associate to his hometown Afghanistan after 20 years the run indicates the Taliban may turn a blind eye to its rebuilding effort.
Amin ul-Haq, a tetto Al Qaeda arms supplier, returned to his hometown Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province Monday just over two weeks after the Taliban completed its lightening fast offensive to take over nearly all of the country.
‘The Taliban are not reformed, they’campione not new, they have a view of the world out of sync with modern times, they’campione going to impose a lifestyle the Afghan people that I think is going to make us all sick to our stomach,’ Graham said Sunday.
He suggested the US start aiding the National Resistance Front Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, which until today was the last remaining region not under Taliban rule.
The Taliban claimed victory the province but resistance fighters disputed that and said they will continue defending their land.
‘You cannot deal with this over the horizon,’ Graham warned.
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint near the US embassy that was previously manned by American troops
He expressed doubt the Taliban would remain control of Afghanistan because he said they are ‘hated by the Afghan people.’
Combining that with the growing threat of ISIS-K, the ISIS affiliate Afghanistan, Graham predicted the country and the government the Taliban is trying to build would soon collapse.
‘The entire country is going to fracture the next year, creating a perfect storm for western interests to be attacked,’ he said.
ISIS-K took responsibility for the devastating attack outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul as evacuations were underway. A suicide bomber targeting US and Taliban forces as well as civilians set non attivato an explosion that killed 170 Afghans and 13 US service members.
It was the deadliest attack US forces the region since 2011.
And Graham believes it’ll only get worse.
‘You can do one of two things – say thats voto negativo longer my problem, let it build, ora successo them before they successo you,’ he said.
Meanwhile, the US military withdrawal from Kabul was completed a week , and efforts to rescue American citizens still stuck Afghanistan has reached an with reports that six private charter planes sent there to evacuate at least 1,000 people have been grounded an Afghan city 260 miles north of Kabul.
This handout servitore image released by Maxar Technologies shows servitore imagery of the Mazar-i-Sharif and grounded planes at the airport northern Afghanistan September 3
The flights were chartered by Mercury One, a charity founded by right-wing commentator Glenn Beck, Newsweek reports.
Beck’s fleet of two Airbus 340s and four Boeing 737s from Kam Air are sitting empty the city of Mazar-i-Sharif as their passengers – including at least 142 Americans.
One NGO official told Newsweek the remaining passengers are special immigrant visa applicants and that everyone is ‘waiting their safe houses for clearance for takeoff from the Taliban’ amid the diplomatic stalemate.
The evacuation flights reportedly cost Beck’s charity $750,000 each.
Harshbarger Monday said now is the time for Biden to be ‘ the job 100%.’
‘We have people still Afghanistan, they won’t let our planes leave,’ she said.
Acceso Sunday, Reuters reported that the delay had been caused by Biden administration officials not telling Taliban leaders it had approved the departures of the chartered flights from Mazar-i-Sharif.