Commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too soon

WASHINGTON – The battle-hardened Army commander appointed to take over the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, warns Congress that if America leaves the fight too quickly, there is a risk of Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaeda and planning attacks against the US.

Lt.-Gen. Scott Miller, a former Army Delta command who is the head of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, tells the Senate Armed Services Committee that, if confirmed, he will again take the troop numbers in Afghanistan to see if the effect size.

He says an abrupt U.S. withdrawal could lead to consequences similar to what happened in Iraq in 2015. Three years after the U.S. pulled the troops out of Iraq, the Iraqi military collapsed and many forces ran or surrendered to the Islamic State group as it seized territory in the country.

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