Washington/Ankara: US CENTCOM Chief General Kenneth McKenzie said, ‘Will Taliban keep the promises made to the United States after the complete US military withdrawal? I have doubts regarding the reliability of Taliban.’ General McKenzie warned that the system warning the United States regarding the Al-Qaeda and IS threats would collapse. Former US President George Bush also criticised the decision of the Biden administration of US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Bush expressed a concern that the Taliban will shower inhuman atrocities on women and girls in Afghanistan.
President Biden clarified last week that the US military withdrawal would start in the next month, and the process will be completed by 11th September. Mixed reactions are being received from around the United States regarding the announcement. CENTCOM Chief General McKenzie expressed his opinions regarding the statement made by Biden while speaking in front of the Armed Services Committee of the US Senate.
Firstly, General McKenzie raised a serious doubt regarding the credibility of the Taliban. General McKenzie clarified, ‘The United States withdrew from Afghanistan as per the Taliban demand. Whereas the US military will be keeping a tab on whether Taliban fulfils the promises made to the United States.’
McKenzie also raised the issues of Al-Qaeda and IS. ‘The Al-Qaeda ambition of attacking the United States is still not over. In this scenario, after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the system warning the United States regarding the Al-Qaeda and IS threats could collapse. McKenzie also reminded that after the withdrawal, if the time comes to take action against any of these terrorist organisations, the United States does not have a base in any of the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Taliban withdrew from the US-sponsored talks to be held in Turkey, lashing out at the US military withdrawal announcement. The talks were to be held in Ankara on coming Saturday. Representatives from India, Russia, China, Pakistan and Iran, along with the Afghan government, were to participate in the talks. But Turkey has postponed the meeting as the Taliban itself has withdrawn from the forum.