Washington. Since the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, it has been discussed that America lost the Afghanistan War. At the same time, now a top American general has also said the same thing. In fact, top American General Mark Milley admitted on Wednesday that the US has ‘lost’ the 20-year war in Afghanistan. It is a big deal for an American general to accept defeat. This can boost the morale of the extremist organization Taliban even more.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee, “The Afghanistan war did not end on the terms we wanted with the Taliban coming to power.” “The war was a strategic failure,” Milley told a hearing committee on the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the evacuation from the capital, Kabul. It was not lost in 20 days or 20 months. “The Afghanistan war is a series of strategic decisions that go far back,” he said.
Lessons to be learned from the Afghanistan War
General Mark Milley said, ‘Whenever you have an incident like a war, which we have lost, then this is the situation. We have accomplished our strategic task of defending America against Al-Qaeda, but of course the end result is very different from what we wanted.
He said, ‘So whenever an incident like this happens, there are many factors to it. And we have to find out. A lot needs to be learned from here. Milley lists several factors for America’s defeat in the Afghanistan War.
America lost the war because of these reasons
The top US general said that missing the opportunity to capture or kill al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora immediately after America’s attack on Afghanistan in 2001 is also a reason for defeat. He said that there was a war in Iraq in 2003, because of which American troops were sent there from Afghanistan. This also resulted in defeat in the Afghanistan War.
In addition, Pakistan’s failure to deal with the Taliban properly even though it was a safe haven and the expulsion of advisers from the war-torn country a few years ago also resulted in defeat. (with agency input)