US general advises Biden to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley : REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Two high-ranking US generalshas advised Joe Biden to keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.

29 September 2021 BBC news agencyTwo top U.S. military generals said they had advised President Joe Biden to keep 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. It was previously announced that it would withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan in August.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley : REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Admiral Frank McKenzie, commander of the United States Central Command. has testified to the US Congress That appears to be contrary to what President Joe Biden has said he doesn’t remember making such advice.

Taliban forces have advanced invasion of Afghanistan. and captured Kabul from mid-August. and stepped up to rule Afghanistan Ahead of the deadline for US troops to withdraw all forces from Afghanistan at the end of the same month.

Gen. Milley admitted that the United States was surprised at the speed of the Afghan government’s collapse.

Two important generals Testified to a committee in the Senate along with US Secretary of Defense Gen Lloyd Austin on Sept. 28 local time. The hearing comes after chaos erupted between the withdrawal of troops and the evacuation of the Kabul airport.

U.S. General Kenneth McKenzie : Sarahbeth Maney/Pool via REUTERS

Admiral McKenzie, who is responsible for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, said: He has advised to maintain a small force of some 2,500 in Afghanistan. He agreed with that suggestion. But when asked by Republican Senator Dan Sullivan, That Biden’s comments were a lie? Gen. Milley declined to answer that question.

Later, White House spokesman Jane Saki got to this point that The president values ​​the honest advice of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Armed Forces. But that doesn’t mean you need to agree with that advice. and that if US troops remain in Afghanistan after the deadline The US is currently at war with the Taliban.

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