Britain’s defense minister said on Friday that Afghanistan is headed for a failed state and civil war in which groups such as al-Qaeda will flourish and threaten the West again.
After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, the United States has withdrawn most of its troops, allowing Taliban forces to infiltrate across the country, which diplomats cast as an insult to the world’s major superpower Is.
When asked about Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky: “I am deeply concerned that failed states are breeding grounds for those kinds of people.” “Al Qaeda will probably return.”
“Britain discovered that in the 1830s, it’s a country led by warlords and different provinces and tribes, and if you’re not very careful in civil war, and I think we’re heading towards a , then you end up with a civil war,” he told the BBC.
Wallace cautioned that the Taliban is not a single entity, but a title that encompasses “all kinds of different interests”.
The pace of Taliban progress has stunned the Afghan government and its Western allies.
The Taliban controlled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when it was driven out to shelter al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Wallace said the West has to understand that it cannot immediately fix countries like Afghanistan, but must manage the situation.
He added that if the Taliban starts harboring al-Qaeda, “we can come back”.
Wallace said Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city, and the city of Lashkar Gah “are now largely in the hands of the Taliban.”
(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)