Washington: Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of “huge consequences” of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
She told CNN there was a risk the Taliban – the Islamist group ousted in 2001 by the US-led invasion – could retake control.
The US aims to complete the withdrawal by September 11.
However, violence against Afghans has escalated starkly in recent weeks, with more than a hundred Afghan security force personnel killed.
On the eve of the previously agreed withdrawal deadline, a huge blast in eastern Logar killed dozens as they broke their fast during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. It was not clear who was behind the attack.
“This is what we call a wicked problem,” Clinton told CNN. “There are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving,” she said.
Under the Trump administration’s February 2020 deal with the Taliban, foreign forces were to withdraw from the country by May 1 while the Taliban held off on attacking foreign troops and bases.
But President Biden announced last month after reviewing the situation that forces would stay in the country for months beyond May, withdrawing by Sept. 11.
At least 2,500 US troops are currently deployed as part of the 9,600-strong Nato Afghan mission.Read More