We don’t know what the future of the Taliban is. I can tell you from personal experience that this is a ruthless group from the past and whether or not they change remains to be seen. — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley
We don’t know what the future of the Taliban is. I can tell you from personal experience that this is a ruthless group from the past and whether or not they change remains to be seen. — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley
U.S. relationship with Taliban unclear after end of Afghanistan War, senior defense and diplomatic officials say
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Wednesday that it was not yet clear what kind of relationship, if any, the Pentagon would have with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
  • “It’s hard to predict where this will go in the future with respect to the Taliban,” Austin said when asked about the next steps following Monday’s complete U.S. military departure from the country.
  • When asked at the State Department if the U.S. would recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland also said it was premature to say.
“It’s hard to predict where this will go in the future with respect to the Taliban,” Austin told reporters at the Pentagon when asked about the next steps following Monday’s complete U.S. military departure from the country.

“We don’t know what the future of the Taliban is,” explained Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley.

“I can tell you from personal experience that this is a ruthless group from the past and whether or not they change remains to be seen,” Milley said, adding that he and Austin both fought against the group during their military careers.


... When asked at the State Department if the U.S. would recognize the Taliban as a legitimate government, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland said it was premature to say.

“Our relationship with the Taliban will be guided by what they do not by what they say,” Nuland began. “Now that said, there are some urgent questions, like the humanitarian condition of the people of Afghanistan. So we are looking at those kinds of things,” she added.

“But we have made no decisions about any of the rest of it, and we certainly won’t unless and until we see the kinds of behavior expected,” Nuland said.

... With its troops now gone, the U.S. will have to rely on diplomatic engagement with the Taliban to guarantee safe passage out of Afghanistan for the Americans who remain and Afghans who worked for the U.S.

... About 2,500 U.S. service members have died in the conflict, which also claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Afghan troops, police personnel and civilians. The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1.57 trillion collectively since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report.
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