WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence companies have instructed the Biden administration that the Taliban may overrun most of Afghanistan inside two to 3 years if U.S. troops depart earlier than a power-sharing deal is reached between the warring sides, a information report stated on Friday.
Such a takeover probably would permit al Qaeda to rebuild in Afghanistan, the New York Occasions reported, quoting nameless U.S. officers.
President Joe Biden is deciding whether or not to satisfy a Could 1 deadline for the withdrawal of the final 3,500 American troops that was set in a February 2020 accord struck with the Taliban beneath his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Some U.S. officers who favor preserving U.S. troops in Afghanistan are utilizing the intelligence report back to argue that the troopers ought to stay past the deadline, the Occasions stated.
The White Home didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The categorized intelligence evaluation was ready final yr for the Trump administration, the Occasions stated.
Biden on Thursday instructed his first White Home information convention that it will be onerous to adjust to the deadline, which additionally requires the departure of some 7,000 allied forces.
On the identical time, Biden stated he “couldn’t image” U.S.-led international troops being within the nation subsequent yr.
The Taliban on Friday stated it will resume hostilities in opposition to international forces – which ended beneath the U.S.-Taliban deal – if they continue to be past the deadline.
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