US intelligence services believe that an offshoot of the Islamic State in Afghanistan (ISIS-K) intends to attack the United States and will be able to do so in about six months, Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl told US lawmakers. He noted that he was not sure whether the Taliban movement, which had taken over Afghanistan this year, would be able to intervene against ISIS-K.

According to Reuters, Kahl’s remarks are a sign that the situation in Afghanistan raises serious security concerns in Washington as the US and other NATO countries chaotically withdrew troops from the country in the summer after two decades. Biden’s failure to plan ahead, the military’s failure to predict the collapse of the country in such a short time, and the stranding of hundreds of American citizens during the withdrawal, has led the debacle to be labeled perhaps the biggest US foreign policy disaster in the modern era.

The radical Taliban movement is fighting the local branch of the Islamic State as Islamist attacks undermine the Taliban’s efforts to restore order after the withdrawal of international troops. However, Kahl told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he was not sure whether the Taliban could take effective action against ISIS-K.

US intelligence services believe that an offshoot of the Islamic State in Afghanistan (ISIS-K) intends to attack the United States and will be able to do so in about six months, Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl told US lawmakers. He noted that he was not sure whether the Taliban movement, which had taken over Afghanistan this year, would be able to intervene against ISIS-K.

According to Reuters, Kahl’s remarks are a sign that the situation in Afghanistan raises serious security concerns in Washington as the US and other NATO countries chaotically withdrew troops from the country in the summer after two decades. Biden’s failure to plan ahead, the military’s failure to predict the collapse of the country in such a short time, and the stranding of hundreds of American citizens during the withdrawal, has led the debacle to be labeled perhaps the biggest US foreign policy disaster in the modern era.

The radical Taliban movement is fighting the local branch of the Islamic State as Islamist attacks undermine the Taliban’s efforts to restore order after the withdrawal of international troops. However, Kahl told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he was not sure whether the Taliban could take effective action against ISIS-K.