Gen Mark Milley, chair of the joint chiefs of staff, speaking at a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Wednesday. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Civil war will “likely” erupt in Afghanistan and this could lead to al-Qaeda’s resurgence, U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Fox News Saturday.
Driving the news: He said it’s too early to say whether the U.S. was safer now American troops have left Afghanistan, but it’s “very likely” there’d be a renewal of terrorism in the region “within 12, 24, 36 months, and we’re going to monitor that.”
- “My military estimate is … that the conditions are likely to develop [into] a civil war,” Milley said in the interview with Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin from Germany’s Ramstein Air Base.
- “I don’t know if the Taliban is going to able to consolidate power and establish governance,” he continued.
- “But I think there’s at least a very good probability of a broader civil war and that will then in turn lead to conditions that could, in fact, lead to a reconstitution of Al-Qaeda or a growth of ISIS or other myriad of terrorist groups.”