Zalmay Khalilzad, unique envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation, affirms prior to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee throughout a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 27, 2021.
T.J. Kirkpatrick | Pool | Reuters
The country’s leading agent to Afghanistan stated Tuesday that he does not believe the Afghan federal government will collapse after U.S. and foreign soldiers leave the war-torn nation later on this year.
“I do not believe the government is going to collapse or the Taliban is going to take over,” U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad stated throughout statement prior to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Khalilzad’s statement follows President Joe Biden revealed the U.S. would finish its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, successfully ending America’s longest war.
The choice to leave Afghanistan has actually activated a selection of responses in Washington, with legislators on both sides of the aisle lauding and slamming the relocation. It has actually likewise activated some issue within the greatest tiers of the armed force.
Last week, the head of U.S. forces in the Middle East informed legislators he was worried that the Afghan armed force will collapse after U.S. and foreign soldiers leave.
“I am concerned about the ability of the Afghan military to hold on after we leave, the ability of the Afghan Air Force to fly, in particular, after we remove the support for those aircraft,” McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, stated throughout a Senate Armed Services committee hearing on April 22.
Afghan forces, he stated, have actually gotten utilized to the assistance from U.S. and other countries’ armed forces over a number of years.
Later at the Pentagon, McKenzie informed press reporters that while the U.S. will continue to assistance Afghanistan from afar, he was especially worried about airplane upkeep.
The devices are kept mostly by professionals from the U.S. and other countries, he described. The U.S. means to discover ingenious methods of changing these services without including boots on the ground, he included.