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Al-Qaeda 'will probably come back as Afghanistan heads toward civil war, the U.K. defense minister warns

Al-Qaeda 'will probably come back as Afghanistan heads toward civil war

August 16, 2021: -On Friday, Al-Qaeda is likely to have a resurgence as Afghan regions fall to the Taliban, Britain’s defense minister warned.

Speaking to Sky News, Ben Wallace said he’s “apprehensive” that unstable nations such as Afghanistan are “breeding grounds” for militant groups.

“It’s why I said I felt this was not the right time or decision to make,” Wallace added, which refers to the withdrawal of American and allied troops from the country. “Because al-Qaeda will probably come back.”

He told Sky News that “failed states” worldwide, such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia, lead to instability that fuels terrorist organizations.

“The West has to learn that you don’t fix problems; you manage problems,” Wallace said.

On Friday, Wallace also warned that Afghanistan’s fragile state meant it was rocking into a civil war.

“Britain found out in the 1830s that it is a country led by warlords and led by different provinces and tribes, if you’re not careful, in a civil war,” he told the BBC.

“I think we’re heading towards a civil war, shown by a Taliban with momentum,” he added.

In April, the White House confirms that the U.S. would end its military operation in Afghanistan and withdraw all military personnel from the country by September 11.

The Biden administration will deploy 3,000 American troops to the war-torn country to assist with workers’ repatriation at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital.

The Embassy urges American citizens to leave the country immediately as the Taliban makes rapid moves to regain its power to U.S.-led forces.

Most British troops left Afghanistan in the previous month, but nearly 600 will be sent to the country to help British nationals leave.

On Friday, three of Afghanistan’s southern provincial capitals were lost after heavy fighting, reported by AP.

The Taliban took control of more than a dozen of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals since August 6, controls more than two-thirds of the country.

On Thursday, Herat, the country’s third-largest city, fell to the Taliban, followed by the second-biggest city Kandahar, the BBC reported.

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