|Hillary Clinton said the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan could lead to the "resumption of activities by terrorist groups" (File photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of the "huge consequences" of President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Mrs. Clinton told CNN there’s 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 11 September. But, the Taliban have been carrying out more attacks. "This is what we call a wicked problem," Mrs. Clinton told CNN. "There are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving," she said. Asked about the president's decision by CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Mrs. Clinton said, "Our government has to focus on two huge consequences", notably the resumption of activities by extremist groups and a subsequent outpouring of refugees from Afghanistan. She said the potential collapse of the Afghan government and a possible takeover by the Taliban could result in a new civil war.
Same as Mr. Biden, Mrs. Clinton is a Democrat and was a strong supporter of the US intervention in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Mr. Biden wants to complete the withdrawal by the 20th anniversary of the attacks later this year. At least 2,500 US troops are now deployed as part of the 9,600-strong Nato Afghan mission.