Top US General Says ‘Likely’ Civil War in Afghanistan Could Prompt ‘Reconstitution of Al-Qaeda’

The US completed its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan on August 30, just a day before the official deadline. While the closure marked the end of the US’ near 20-year mission in the Afghanistan, it has also raised concerns about the future of the Central Asian nation.

A top US military general admitted on Saturday that Afghanistan could soon see a civil war break out with warring factions in the nation, warning that such a development could pave the way for the resurgence of al-Qaeda.

The prediction was voiced by top US Gen. Mark Milley, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during an interview in Ramstein, Germany, with Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin. At the time, Milley had been at the American base to offer his well wishes to troops involved in the process of evacuating Afghans.

“My military estimate is…that the conditions are likely to develop [into] a civil war,” Milley remarked during the exclusive weekend interview.  “I don’t know if the Taliban is going to [be] able to consolidate power and establish governance.”

Milley further noted that while officials are keeping a close watch on the developments in Afghanistan, it has been clear to US military leadership that hurdles were on the horizon. “You could see a resurgence of terrorism coming out of that general region within 12, 24, 36 months,” he acknowledged.

With US soldiers no longer on the ground in Afghanistan, Milley reiterated that the US would be tapping its security and…

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