The chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Millie, said today (Sunday) that there is a “very reasonable” possibility that a civil war will break out in Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country and the withdrawal of American forces from it.
The general questioned the organization’s ability to control the country in a conversation with American media: “I do not know if the Taliban will be able to stabilize the government and establish governance,” he said. “I think there is a possibility that a broader civil war will break out. Such a situation could lead to the re.establishment of al.Qaeda and the growth of ISIS or other terrorist groups.” Millie said a civil war would create conditions that would allow terrorist organizations to resume operations within 12, 24 or 36 months.
The U.S. military, which invaded Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks in the United States, withdrew from its last troops on August 30 this year, in agreement and coordination with the Taliban. During the withdrawal, the Afghan army quickly collapsed, while the organization entered the capital Kabul with almost no resistance.
The Taliban, which has taken over the country, has begun sending moderate messages to the international community on issues such as women’s rights. However, many countries and unions, especially the EU and the US, have taken care to keep their distance from the organization.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the new Taliban.controlled government could only be recognized after meeting certain criteria. The EU side has also announced that it will act on the Taliban’s actions, not his own.