KABUL: Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham says American forces won’t leave Afghanistan in May, as he announced support to the Biden administration’s stance on Afghanistan and its bid to review the US-Taliban agreement.
In an interview with CBS, he was quoted as saying: “I’m very pleased with what the Biden administration is proposing for Afghanistan. We’re going to keep troops there on a conditions-based approach.”
Responding to a question of whether US troops will leave Afghanistan by May, Graham said, “I think we’re not going to leave in May. We’re going to leave when the conditions are right. The Taliban have been cheating.”
“If we leave too soon without a conditions-based withdrawal, Daesh and al-Qaeda will come roaring back. Women will suffer greatly. So they’re in a good spot, I think, on Afghanistan.”
Earlier, this week US Congress’ study group called on the Biden administration to slow the US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, remove the May deadline and reduce the number of forces based on conditions.