Conflicts & War

Top US general warns of ‘tragedy’ if Taliban violence resumes

Kabul, Apr 25 (EFE).- The commander of the US forces in Afghanistan on Sunday warned of a “tragedy” if the Taliban returns to violence instead of sticking to the ongoing peace process.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, General Scott Miller called on the international community to put pressure on the Taliban to stay with the stalled talks.

“I told them (Taliban political commission) a return to the violence and efforts to force military decisions will be a tragedy for Afghanistan and the Afghan people,” Miller said.

The peace process “is the only solution” to end the years-long war in Afghanistan, according to Miller, who leads the US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.

Miller’s comments came days before the start of the process of withdrawing forces of the US-led coalition from Afghanistan on May 1, after almost two decades of war.

“Make no mistake, we have the military means to respond forcefully to any types of attacks against the coalition and the military means to support the Afghan security forces,” he insisted.

As part of the process of withdrawing, the international troops will hand over bases and military equipment to the Afghan security forces.

“I often get asked, can the (Afghan) security forces do the work in our absence? My message has always been the same, they must be ready,” Miller said.

The United States said it would continue supporting the Afghan security forces after the troop withdrawal, scheduled to end in early September.

“All of our forces are now preparing to retrograde, officially the notification day will be May 1 but at the same time we started taking local actions,” he underlined.

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