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Taliban can’t be trusted, don’t have capacity to deal with terror groups: Graham

Taliban can’t be trusted, don’t have capacity to deal with terror groups: Graham

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US Senator Lindsey Graham has warned that withdrawing US troops from Afghanistaninfo-icon would lead to “another 9/11” saying that America can’t “outsource” US national security to the Talibaninfo-icon.

In an interview with Fox News on Saturday Senator Graham said: “If we left tomorrow, the Taliban cannot be trusted to take care of ISIS and Al Qaeda,” Graham told chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.

“They don't have the capability. So when you ask our intelligence community…what would happen to America if we withdrew all of our forces. They tell us without any hesitation it would lead to another 9/11 in a matter of time.”

When asked what the timeframe for such a situation would be, Graham said it would be “years not decades.”

The US invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, beginning an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. The conflict has killed more than 2,000 American troops, injured more than 20,000 and cost nearly a trillion dollars since 2001.

President Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017 as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country. But he has been moving toward agreeing to a phased withdrawal of troops.

The Washington Post reports that U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is negotiating a deal to draw down troops from 14,000 to 8,600.

The two sides have been discussing an agreement in which the US withdraws from Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda.

Trump met last week with his top security officials about the way forward in Afghanistan. "Just completed a very good meeting on Afghanistan," the president tweeted afterward.

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