US raises alarm says terror groups could be back soon in Afghanistan
The US is worried as the Taliban prepares to form a government in Afghanistan that the terrorist groups could reconstitute in the region much sooner than it expected.
As a result of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on Sunday, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told Senators that a previous assessment of how soon terrorist groups would likely reconstitute in Afghanistan may speed up, Axios report.
On Sunday, the Taliban released over 5,000 prisoners lodged in prison at Bagram airbase, many of which included its own fighters and those affiliated to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
Prisoners leaving Kabul jail after being broken out by Taliban.
The US forces, which controlled the prison earlier, handed over their control to Afghanistan’s armed forces on July 1 as it implemented its withdrawal plan.
According to Axios report, the prisoners were some of the Taliban’s most hardened fighters and could pose a threat not only to Afghan citizens but to American security interests.
The US sent its troops to Afghanistan in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks, claiming the terrorist activities in the country were a direct threat to its security. After 20 years, the US finalised its formal exit from Afghanistan, leaving the fate of the country on the negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
However, before the US troops could depart fully from Afghanistan, the Taliban launched a nationwide offensive and within a week, they defeated, co-opted or sent Afghan security forces fleeing from wide swaths of the country.