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Top US General Warns Biden Admin Afghanistan Will Get 'Very Bad, Very Fast' After Withdrawal

The top US general in Afghanistan repeatedly warned the Biden administration that the region would get “very bad, very fast” after US forces withdraw, the Washington Post reported.

The Biden administration orchestrated the effort to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by 2021 in what critics denounced as operative. disaster which ended in the deaths of several Afghan troops and civilians. Retired Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan in 2021, expressed concern to the Biden administration about the security of the region after the withdrawal and feared they did not understand the risks of keep an open embassy with little protection, he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in closed-door testimony last month, seconds in the Post.

Miller told lawmakers he was so concerned that he privately warned a Marine Crops commander tasked with planning a possible withdrawal to be prepared for “really adverse conditions,” according to the Post.

“I did not foresee a good future for Afghanistan when I left,” he told lawmakers in April, according to the Post.

Miller began his post in Afghanistan in 2018 and saw early on the operational challenges of evacuation, which the former Trump administration had begun planning for, according to the Post. He told lawmakers that he saw Afghanistan as early as March 2020 “as a fire.”

The Biden administration initially planned to bring Miller home with the remaining US forces from Bagram Air Force Base in the final phases of the withdrawal, but changed course and evacuated the air base in July 2021, leaving back 700 troops to operate between the US embassy and Kabul Airport, according to the Post. Miller recalled being “terrified” by his staff operating in Afghanistan's Helmand province as evacuation efforts progressed in 2021.

US troops and embassy staff were fully withdrawn from Afghanistan in August 2021, a month in which Afghan civilians thronged Kabul airport hoping to be evacuated next to the overwhelmed troops. Amid the crowd chaos, a member of ISIS-K detonated a suicide vest at the airport on August 26, killing 13 US soldiers and approximately 170 Afghan civilians.

The Biden administration left behind approximately $7 billion in military equipment in Afghanistan.

The administration maintains that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was the “correct political choice”.

“All the evidence is coming back. Remember what I said about Afghanistan? Biden he said reporters in 2023 when asked if mistakes were made during the withdrawal. “I said Al Qaeda wouldn't be there. I said it wouldn't be there. I said we'd get help from the Taliban. What's going on now? What's going on? Read your press. I was right.”

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