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Civil war likely if intl forces pull back: Afghan Presidential advisor

Kabul: Senior adviser to Afghan President Mohammad Mohaqiq warned on Friday that the country may plunge into a civil war if International forces were to pull back.

Mohaqiq’s statement comes a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited the Afghan capital and reassured leaders that Washington’s partnership with Afghanistan will endure despite the US government disengaging from the 20-year conflict.

Mohaqiq warned that the withdrawal of foreign troops will lead to re emergence of extremism and the expansion of fundamentalist groups such as the Al-Qaeda.

“A new chapter will open. Possibly, this will be against the interests of Afghanistan. There is also possibility that terrorism fronts are strengthened, this is something predictable,” Tolo news quoted Mohaqiq as saying.

“If the Taliban agreed on peace, we will be very happy because more violence in Afghanistan needs to be stopped, but if they insist on violence, no one will abandon the ground easily to his rival. So, we are determined, we are prepared and will take more measures,” he said.

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