KABUL: The White House has said that the U.S. would keep an eye on any revival of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan without maintaining a military presence in the country.
This comes a day after U.S. President Joe Biden announced U.S. forces’ withdrawal after nearly two decades of fighting.
According to Reuters, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki told reporters on Thursday, “We think we have the means to keep an eye on any militant attacks or any evidence of al Qaeda’s revival without getting a persistent footprint on the ground.”
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday night that the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin on May 1 and the process would complete until September 11, the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks on the U.S.
“It is time to put an end to America’s longest war,” Biden added. It is past time for American troops in Afghanistan to return home.”
If the Taliban attacks, he said that the U.S. would defend itself and its allies with “all the tools at our disposal.”