A complete withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan would make the war on terror more difficult, the Supreme General said Tuesday.
General Frank Mackenzie, head of the United States Central Command, told lawmakers in Washington that anti-terrorism measures would require finding targets, finding them, and eliminating them.
“If you’re abroad and don’t have the ecosystem we have there right now, it’s going to be harder to do. It’s not impossible to do it, it’s more to do it. It will be difficult, “Mackenzie said in front of the Senate Military Committee.
He added that drones sent to kill terrorists would need to be sent from neighboring countries if the United States no longer exists in Afghanistan. Instead of installing the drone in just a few minutes, it takes longer. Another option is to send a manned raid or initiate a long-range precision strike. Everything is “essentially dangerous”.
Top US officials are considering reaching an agreement with neighboring and nearby countries in Afghanistan to find resources.
“The US military can do almost anything, and we are currently investigating this issue with all our resources to find a way to solve it in the most intelligent and risk-free way possible.” Said Mackenzie.
President Joe Biden announced last week that all US troops would leave Afghanistan by September 11, a few months after the withdrawal deadline set by his predecessor.
Biden said it was time to end “the longest war in America.”
“We went to Afghanistan because of the horrific attack that happened 20 years ago, which cannot explain why we should stay there in 2021,” he added.
High-ranking military officials warned both former President Donald Trump and Biden of the exclusion of all troops from Afghanistan, arguing that it would make America more difficult to protect.
McKenzie said at a meeting in February that he remained concerned about the “extreme violence” that the Taliban had committed. Keeping the level of violence low was a condition of the agreement signed by the US government under the Trump administration with the Taliban, but the Biden administration has eased that condition.
Countries adjacent to Afghanistan, such as Pakistan and China, are likely to show a “series of hedging actions” when the US military departs, the general said Tuesday. Pakistan could be the most effective US partner, as it is concerned about the wave of refugees coming in if the civil war breaks out again.
Former Pentagon official Elissa Slotkin (Democratic Party) said she had a hard time getting information and monitoring the threat of ISIS when the United States withdrew its troops from Iraq, what about Afghanistan? I wondered if it was different.
Groups like the Taliban and ISIS still want to launch attacks on the United States, McKenzie said.
“I think it’s a reasonable concern, and I frankly share that concern,” he said.
However, Commission Chairman Adam Smith (Democratic Party) said Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan was correct.
“There was no easy and good decision here,” he told the hearing. “We have achieved much of what we were trying to achieve in terms of degrading al-Qaeda. Indeed, we killed Osama Bin Laden, significantly reducing the ability of terrorist groups to operate outside the region. And I don’t think investment is justified at this point between $ 14 billion and $ 20 billion a year. The President is in terms of what our current defense priorities are. I think I made the right decision. “