Afghanistan is 'new safe haven for terror' says Tobias Ellwood
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Chair of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood has slapped down Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw military troops from Afghanistan, warning that “devastating consequences” will unfold. He also urged that Britain should step in to avoid the potential takeover of the area by extremist groups. The slapdown came after the US president has confirmed withdrawing troops from hard-to-defend rural districts as they fall to Taliban.
Tobias Ellwood told Jeremy Vine on Five: “Handing the country back to the very insurgents that we went in there to defeat in the first place.
“And the consequences of this are devastating.
He continued: “This is an important part of the global real estate and we’re handing it back to the insurgents and that will then become a safe haven for further terrorist attacks.
“This is the wrong cause. Those who served in Afghanistan paid a heavy price, sometimes the ultimate sacrifice.
The US president has ordered military troops to be out of Afghanistan by the end of the month.
President Biden said he does not regret the decision to call back troops, and that the US continues to provide air support, food, and equipment to Afghan forces.
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Washington has spent more than $1tn over 20 years and lost thousands of troops.
The Taliban group has now taken control of nine of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, and are threatening more.
According to the United Nation, more than 1,000 civilians have been killed amid fierce fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the past month.
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