A precipitous withdrawal of NATO from Afghanistan would have a "very high price", with the risk of seeing this country "again become a base for international terrorists", warned Tuesday the secretary general of the Alliance after the American announcements.
Afghanistan risks becoming again a base for international terrorists planning and organizing attacks in our countries, and the Islamic State could rebuild in Afghanistan the caliphate of terror it lost in Syria and Iraq., reacted Jens Stoltenberg, in response to Donald Trump's desire to accelerate the withdrawal of the American soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
The NATO boss had already formulated this warning at the meeting of defense ministers at the end of October and his arguments were echoed Monday by the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, in a warning to the President Trump.
Donald Trump, defeated in the presidential election by Democrat Joe Biden, but in office until January 2021, had promised to put an end to the
endless wars and said he wanted to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in early 2021. He spoke of a total withdrawal for Christmas.
NATO went to Afghanistan after an attack on the United States to ensure that this country would never again be a safe haven for international terrorists. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers from Europe and beyond have joined US troops in Afghanistan, and over a thousand of them have paid the ultimate price, recalled Jens Stoltenberg.
We currently have less than 12,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, and more than half of them are non-US forces. Even with further US cuts, NATO will continue its mission of training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces and has pledged to fund them until 2024.
The American will to disengage from this country after the conclusion of an agreement with the Taliban and the continuation of the violence poses serious problems to the Alliance.
A dilemma will arise in the coming months, Jens Stoltenberg warned at the Alliance Defense Ministers' meeting.
We decided together to go to Afghanistan. We will adjust our forces together and we will leave the country together, repeats the NATO Secretary General at every meeting.
The subject will be discussed at the NATO foreign ministers meeting on December 1-2.
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