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WASHINGTON: The regrouping of terrorists like the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda would be a biggest concern for Pakistan, warned a top US general as the Pentagon started pulling out its troops from Afghanistan.

Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Commander US Central Command (Centcom), warned at a recent Pentagon briefing that after the US withdrawal the biggest threat would be the regrouping of Al Qaeda and IS militants who “will be able to regenerate if pressure is not kept on them”. And “that’s very concerning to all the neighboring states, biggest concern to Pakistan,” he added. As head of Centcom Gen McKenzie is responsible for all US military activities in the Pak-Afghan region.

According to a transcript the Pentagon released this weekend, Gen McKenzie also said that his command and American diplomats were working with nations surrounding Afghanistan on agreements to base troops and aircraft for countering terrorists after the US pullout.

“That would be ultimately a decision made at the national level by the United States if we were to seek basing rights in those countries,” said the general when asked if internal politics in Pakistan and other states could prevent Washington from having military bases in the region. During the early phases of the 18-year war in Afghanistan, the United States flew drone missions out of Shamsi airfield in Balochistan.

Gen McKenzie said he was now figuring out how the US will be able to conduct counter-terrorism activities in the area without being in Afghanistan.

“I’m actually conducting detailed planning, by the direction of the secretary, to look at those options right now. I will report back to him by the end of the month with some alternatives,” he said.

The pullout, he said, did not “mean that the US will be at the mercy of groups like IS, Al Qaida or the Taliban if they want to create problems and threaten our interests”.

The Centcom chief also said that militants regrouping was not just a threat to the US or Pakistan. “It’s a concern of all the Central Asian states to the north. It is even of concern to Iran in the West, I believe. Everyone has a vested interest in a stable Afghanistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, several major media outlets reported on Sunday that the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan was “now underway with equipment being packed and shipped out”.

The reports claimed that the Pentagon had also approved the deployment of hundreds of maritime, air and land forces to the region to ensure security for American and Nato forces as well as contractors as they withdraw, the officials said.

Various media outlets reported that the Pentagon had also started winding down local contracts for services such as trash pickup and maintenance work. “There have been indications that the pullout could be completed well before Sept 11, which marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that triggered the US invasion of Afghanistan,” reported The Military Times newspaper.

The newspaper reported that Germany’s Defence Ministry was also discussing a plan with the Nato-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul for a possible withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan as early as July 4.



 

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WASHINGTON: The regrouping of terrorists like the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda would be a biggest concern for Pakistan, warned a top US general as the Pentagon started pulling out its troops from Afghanistan.

Gen Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Commander US Central Command (Centcom), warned at a recent Pentagon briefing that after the US withdrawal the biggest threat would be the regrouping of Al Qaeda and IS militants who “will be able to regenerate if pressure is not kept on them”. And “that’s very concerning to all the neighboring states, biggest concern to Pakistan,” he added. As head of Centcom Gen McKenzie is responsible for all US military activities in the Pak-Afghan region.

According to a transcript the Pentagon released this weekend, Gen McKenzie also said that his command and American diplomats were working with nations surrounding Afghanistan on agreements to base troops and aircraft for countering terrorists after the US pullout.

“That would be ultimately a decision made at the national level by the United States if we were to seek basing rights in those countries,” said the general when asked if internal politics in Pakistan and other states could prevent Washington from having military bases in the region. During the early phases of the 18-year war in Afghanistan, the United States flew drone missions out of Shamsi airfield in Balochistan.

Gen McKenzie said he was now figuring out how the US will be able to conduct counter-terrorism activities in the area without being in Afghanistan.

“I’m actually conducting detailed planning, by the direction of the secretary, to look at those options right now. I will report back to him by the end of the month with some alternatives,” he said.

The pullout, he said, did not “mean that the US will be at the mercy of groups like IS, Al Qaida or the Taliban if they want to create problems and threaten our interests”.

The Centcom chief also said that militants regrouping was not just a threat to the US or Pakistan. “It’s a concern of all the Central Asian states to the north. It is even of concern to Iran in the West, I believe. Everyone has a vested interest in a stable Afghanistan,” he said.

Meanwhile, several major media outlets reported on Sunday that the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan was “now underway with equipment being packed and shipped out”.

The reports claimed that the Pentagon had also approved the deployment of hundreds of maritime, air and land forces to the region to ensure security for American and Nato forces as well as contractors as they withdraw, the officials said.

Various media outlets reported that the Pentagon had also started winding down local contracts for services such as trash pickup and maintenance work. “There have been indications that the pullout could be completed well before Sept 11, which marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that triggered the US invasion of Afghanistan,” reported The Military Times newspaper.

The newspaper reported that Germany’s Defence Ministry was also discussing a plan with the Nato-led Resolute Support Mission in Kabul for a possible withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan as early as July 4.



Lolx IS will only regroup with its usual partner and their pet.. if you know what I mean.. the ones who were caught supplying em bomb parts and painkillers..
 

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Why dont US stop worrying about Pakistan and take care of their mess, let Pakistan worry about what will happen to Pakistan when U.S. leave. Sky may fall, trees may stop growing leaves, river might start to flow in reverse direction, the law of gravity may fail in Pakistan....we should all Thank US for keeping everything under control for us.
 

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And its India which is doubling its efforts to regroup these militants/terrorists to launch attacks against Pakistan. Its not terrorists, its India which is a problem in Afghanistan. This is why Taliban rule in Afghanistan suits Pakistan.
 

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Lets leave Afghanistan's fate in the hands of Afghan's, they need to own up their country. Its up to them to prevent rise of mercenaries and terrorists, peace will benefit them the most.
 

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If these threats are so imminent, why are Pakistan’s attack helicopter and associated engine supplies blocked? Pakistan, through much sacrifice, was able to deal with the 2009 TTP threat in part with attack and transport helicopters. This general should be an advocate for Pakistan’s helicopters and engines to be released ASAP, if the threat to Pakistan is as he says it is.

Pakistan has a professional Military that not only knows the physical terrain but knows the human terrain and how best to work with its own citizens. The best thing the US can do is release the CSF and allow Pakistan to pickup excess defense articles to meet the threat as it sees fit; MRAPs with flir turrets, remote weapons systems/auto-cannon and shotspotters, used F-16s for CAS (and associated PGMs and targeting pods), C-130s, AH-1, UH-1, AH-6, small arms, Intel equipment (ISR assets like drones and long range thermal/IR cameras), comms gear, NVGs, precision missiles and rockets to take out enemy forces by ground troops like the Javelin and SMAW, Strykers, LAV-25 and Bradleys if the US is retiring them, 155 mm artillery, excess ammo & spares for all above, etc.
 
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Pak just needs to get the TB2 drones and operate them on Afghan border.
What happened to the Burraq armed drone? Pak should be using these
to clean up this TTP.
 

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Regrouping hain? Haven't they already regrouped in Afghanistan under the nose of uncle sam?
Pak just needs to get the TB2 drones and operate them on Afghan border.
What happened to the Burraq armed drone? Pak should be using these
to clean up this TTP.
There's evidence that we are usibg drones on pak-afg border areas but only for surveillance.
 
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Dear brothers / Pak army officers.
Kindly inform overseas Pakistanis, .
Did Pakistan got TB2 drones from Turkey ??

Pak just needs to get the TB2 drones and operate them on Afghan border.
What happened to the Burraq armed drone? Pak should be using these
to clean up this TTP.
 

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Dear brothers / Pak army officers.
Kindly inform overseas Pakistanis, .
Did Pakistan got TB2 drones from Turkey ??
Dont worry about drones we got..

PAF just operationalised Wing Long drone and Pakistan already had other drones operationalised especially in border areas which is why CIA funded Mashaal Radio is crying about Pakistan using drones too much 🤣

And Pakistan already has a good a lot of foreign drones we should be developing our own with TOT from Turkey China and Even Iran or Yemeni resistance..
 

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USA come back with same old mantra ? go away for god sake we dont wanna buy it anymore

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