The withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan would be a big mistake, since this decision could lead to a build-up of the military power of terrorist groups, including the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia). Alex Younger, the former head of the British Foreign Intelligence Service, said this on Sunday, July 4.
He noted that the statement about the full-fledged departure of terrorists is incorrect: such groups have the ability to regenerate, which is especially aggravated in the conditions of the available data on the preservation of the positions of radical formations in the vastness of Afghanistan.
“I think that if the West turns its back on Afghanistan, it would be a big mistake,” the former head of the British intelligence service said in an interview with the TV channel. SkyNews…
Younger pointed out that the United States-led “war on terror” caused significant damage to al-Qaeda. However, the former head of the Mi-6 referred to the June report of the United Nations (UN), and noted that its text contains information about 500 members of the association located in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Islamic State is becoming more active: according to Younger, the number of representatives of the radical formation in Afghanistan is about 2 thousand people.
While discussing the consequences of the withdrawal of the Western military from Afghan territory, Younger predicted the resurgence of terrorist forces, and stressed that in their return return, the militants will take into account the experience “provided by history.” Britain and its allies are at risk of this scenario.
According to the former intelligence officer, solving the problem of a terrorist nature requires not only military action, but also political efforts. He stressed that well-meaning ambitions to make Afghanistan a country with a prosperous democracy have turned out to be a failure.
“I am disappointed that we failed – we, the international community – failed to match our ambition with a proper political plan,” Younger said.
Earlier, on July 2, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that the US government is rapidly developing an emergency evacuation plan for employees of the United States embassies located in Kabul, as well as Americans living in the same territories. The reasons for the rush, as the sources of the publication explained, were Washington’s fears of aggression by the radical Taliban movement.
On July 3, it became known that the American Bagram air base in Afghanistan was looted immediately after the US military left the territory.
On June 8, it was reported that the United States withdrew more than half of its troops from Afghanistan. The Central Command of the American Armed Forces (CENTCOM) noted that more than 50 flights were carried out to export cargo from the country.
Earlier, on July 2, US President Joe Biden said that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan would not be completed in the next few days. According to him, part of the US military will remain in the country.