An American military general is warning that ISIS could attack the U.S. or other Western nations from Afghanistan within six months.
CENTCOM commander Gen. Michael Kurilla said ISIS-Khorasan (ISIS-K) has grown in strength since America's military departure in 2021.
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“It is my commander’s estimate that [ISIS-K] can do an external operation against US or Western interests abroad in under six months with little to no warning,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee
“It’s much harder for them to be able to do that against the [US] homeland,” he added.
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"His testimony comes more than a year after President Biden ordered the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a move many critics blasted as a botched disaster. Biden vowed that it would be safe and orderly, but the operation turned out to be both deadly and chaotic," Fox News reported.
"Thirteen U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing while protecting the evacuation at the Kabul airport. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Afghans surged to the airport seeking to escape the Taliban, with some even clinging to U.S. transport planes as they took off," it added.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also tweeted his concern following the testimony by the general.
"What a chilling assessment by General Kurilla, the leader of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). He made it clear that ISIS-K, the branch of the Islamic State operating in Afghanistan, could – within mere months – strike U.S. interests at home and abroad," he wrote.
The concerns also add to America's border crisis that continues to allow an unknown number of migrants from numerous nations that is ripe for entry by those seeking the nation's harm.
The general's testimony has lawmakers looking more intensely at military strategy against terrorism as threats grow following the nation's Afghanistan departure.