Biden Reportedly Stood Firm on Afghanistan Troop Pullout After Carefully Weighing ‘Military’s Input’

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Earlier this week, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned that President Joe Biden’s recent commitment to fully withdraw American forces from Afghanistan is “paving the way” for other 9/11-style attacks.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has cited unnamed sources as saying that President Joe Biden’s move to remove all US troops from Afghanistan was out of sync with recommendations by his top military commanders, who were concerned that the decision could damage the South Asian country’s security.

The sources mentioned General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US forces in the Middle East, General Austin Miller, who leads NATO forces in Afghanistan, and Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who all ostensibly insisted on retaining the current force of 2,500 American troops in the country.

The insiders argued that the senior officers’ fears were also shared by Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, who warned that the full withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan would ride roughshod over the country’s stability.

According to the insiders, Miller and Milley first learned about Biden’s plans during a 6 April intelligence briefing, where POTUS reportedly said “yes” when asked by the generals if he had decided on removing US troops in Afghanistan.

The WSJ report followed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warning earlier this week that Biden’s decision may lead to a further escalation of the civil war in…

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