Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said a civil war could break out in Afghanistan and lead to a resurgence of terror groups like al-Qaeda now that the withdrawal of US troops is finished.
“My military estimate is … that the conditions are likely to develop of a civil war,” Milley told Fox News during an interview Saturday at Ramstein airbase in Germany. “I don’t know if the Taliban is going to [be] able to consolidate power and establish governance.”
He said the terror groups could seize on the chaos in Afghanistan to establish a foothold.
“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,” he told Fox News.
“You could see a resurgence of terrorism coming out