Former British Army Commander in Afghanistan Warns of Terrorist Threat “Greater Than Before 9/11”
Good Morning Britain spoke to the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Richard Kemp, who is having problems with the current handling of the situation in Kabul.
A former commander of the British armed forces in Afghanistan
On Tuesday morning, Good Morning Britain anchor and presenter Pip Tomson spoke with Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan.
The military veteran spoke of the current crisis in Afghanistan as the Taliban came to power and the last American troops withdrew from the country.
However, Colonel Kemp warned of what the future holds after the Taliban take power, calling the decision of the US and UK governments to withdraw their armed forces “stupid and catastrophic.”
Colonel Kemp said: “I think the reality is that we now face a greater terrorist threat than ever since before September 11, including at the height of Islamic State control over parts of Syria. .
“Jihadists will flock to Afghanistan from all over the world, they will train, prepare and carry out attacks against our countries.
He added: “This departure and defeat will spur jihadists around the world to attack us, including jihadists here in Britain. “
Pip Tomson questioned Colonel Kemp on the strategy to be followed to deal with it, given that British forces are unlikely to return to Afghanistan.
“No, we’re not going to do that. The only way to fight it is intelligence on the ground, intelligence using airborne censors, etc., interception of communication which then leads us to target attacks on concentrations of terrorists who plan to kill us.
However, he noted that the ability to do so will also be compromised by the absence of a Western presence in Afghanistan.
Colonel Kemp argued that all of this showed how “silly and catastrophic” the decision to leave the country was.
Pip asked Colonel Kemp if he expected British forces to work with the Taliban and he considered this unlikely, considering them more likely to be a target of attack with the so-called Islamic State and Al- Qaeda.
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