KABUL, Afghanistan – The commander of the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan warned Tuesday that the country could be on the way to a chaotic civil war as American and other international forces prepare to withdraw in the coming weeks.
His assessment at a rare press conference at the US and NATO command headquarters in Kabul will likely be one of the last any four-star American general has made public in Afghanistan, where recent events include a Taliban offensive that spanned around attacked 100 district centers, wounded and killed dozen civilians, and displaced thousands more.
“Civil war is certainly a path that can be visualized as it continues on its way,” Commandant General Austin S. Miller told reporters during the press conference. “That should concern the world.”
Some intelligence estimates suggest the Afghan government could topple in six months to two years after a final American withdrawal.