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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN on Sunday that the United States must focus on “two huge consequences” following President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.
Driving the news: Axios reported on Friday that Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern to the House Foreign Affairs Committee over the decision. When CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked her what she thought of the decision, she said, “Well, it’s been made, and I know it’s a very difficult decision.”
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What else does she say: The first major consequence was “the potential collapse of the Afghan government and a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan,” Clinton told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“Probably with a resumption of civil war in parts of the country, but a largely Taliban-led government at some point in the not too distant future.”
Clinton said it was important to protect “the thousands of Afghans” who worked with the United States and NATO, “who stood up and stood up for women’s rights and human rights.” She expressed hope that a visa program could be put in place for them in the United States.
“There will also be, I fear, a huge exodus of refugees,” she said. “And of course, the second major set of issues revolves around a resumption of activity by global terrorist groups, most notably Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.”
The bottom line: “It is one thing to withdraw troops that support security in Afghanistan, support the Afghan army, leaving it pretty much on its own, but we cannot afford to shirk the consequences of this decision, ”he said. Clinton said.
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