Washington: US intelligence has warned the Biden administration that the Taliban could take over most of Afghanistan in two to three years if US troops were withdrawn without a power-sharing agreement between the warring parties.
According to the details, a report in the New York Times quoted unnamed US officials as saying that such a takeover would help re-organize al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden is deciding whether to meet the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of 3,500 US troops, set by his predecessor Donald Trump in an agreement with the Taliban in February last year.
The US newspaper wrote that some US officials who are in favour of keeping US troops in Afghanistan are using the intelligence report to insist that the troops should remain in Afghanistan even after the deadline.
The White House declined to comment on the report.
This classified intelligence review was prepared last year for the administration of US President Donald Trump.
On the other hand, Joe Biden also said in his first press conference in the White House that it is very difficult to meet the withdrawal deadline, which also requires the withdrawal of 7,000 troops from the coalition forces.
At the same time, Joe Biden said he could not “imagine” the presence of US troops in the country next year.
Earlier, the Taliban had said that if foreign forces remained in Afghanistan beyond the deadline, they would resume attacks against them that were stopped after the US-Taliban agreement.
It should be noted that after a long period of negotiations between the US and Taliban leaders, a peace agreement was reached in February 2020 under which the US withdrew its forces while the Taliban assured that Afghan soil would not be used against any country.
Under the agreement, the Taliban also had to negotiate power with the Afghan government, which has been stalled since its inception.
On the other hand, the new US administration, which came to power in January this year, announced a review of the agreement.
The Taliban had threatened Washington with dire consequences if it did not abide by the May 1 agreement on the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.