Retired General Warns of “Inevitable” Attack on US Soil

Retired General Frank McKenzie, the former head of US Central Command (CENTCOM), has issued a stark warning that terrorist attacks on American soil are “inevitable” in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on March 31, McKenzie expressed his belief that the threat to the US has been growing since the pullout, which he claims has allowed terrorist groups like ISIS-K to gain strength and plan attacks with impunity.

McKenzie pointed to the recent terrorist attack in Russia at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, which left at least 144 people dead and was claimed by ISIS-K, as evidence of the group’s increasing capabilities. He cautioned that the US should expect more attempted terrorist attacks against both the nation and its partners abroad, stating, “I think this is inevitable.”

The retired general criticized the US government’s approach to combating terrorism in Afghanistan following the withdrawal, noting that President Joe Biden’s claim that America would continue to fight terrorism in the country has not materialized. “We have almost no ability to see into that country or to strike it,” McKenzie said, highlighting the lack of cooperation from the Taliban in combating terrorist groups.

According to McKenzie, the key to preventing terrorist attacks lies in applying pressure on these groups in their homeland. However, with the US no longer having a presence in Afghanistan, that pressure has been significantly reduced, allowing ISIS and other organizations to operate freely and coordinate their efforts.

The US spent two decades in Afghanistan, with former President Donald Trump negotiating an exit strategy with Taliban leaders during his first term. President Biden chose to proceed with the plan, withdrawing American forces without leaving a residual presence as was done in Iraq. In the years since the pullout, ISIS has carried out multiple attacks both within Afghanistan and beyond its borders.

McKenzie’s warning serves as a sobering reminder of the ongoing threat of terrorism and the potential consequences of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. As the nation grapples with the possibility of future attacks on its soil, policymakers and military leaders will need to reassess their strategies for combating terrorist groups and protecting American lives and interests both at home and abroad.

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