Top military officials predict Taliban-Pakistan relationship will become more complicated

Gen. Frank McKenzie, the chief of US Central Command, and Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, mentioned they predict the connection between Pakistan and the Taliban will grow to be extra difficult now that the latter is answerable for Afghanistan.

“I believe Pakistan’s relationship with the Taliban is going to become significantly more complicated as a result of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan,” McKenzie informed lawmakers on the Senate Armed Providers Committee Tuesday.

McKenzie mentioned there are ongoing deliberations with Pakistan over the usage of an important air hall to entry Afghanistan.

“Over the last 20 years we’ve been able to use what we call the air boulevard to go in over western Pakistan and that’s become something that’s vital to us, as well as certain landlines of communication, and we’ll be working with the Pakistanis in the days and weeks ahead to look at what that relationship is going to look like in the future,” he mentioned.

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Each Milley and McKenzie declined to debate whether or not they have considerations about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the potential that they may fall into the palms of terrorists, noting there have been a collection of issues they may discuss in Tuesday afternoon’s closed session. 

McKenzie mentioned it was “yet to be seen” whether or not terrorist teams like al Qaeda and ISIS will use Afghanistan as a launchpad.

“We’re still seeing how al Qaeda and ISIS are configuring themselves against the Taliban, we’re still seeing what the Taliban is going to do, so I think it’s, I would not say I’m confident that that’s going to be on the ground yet, we could get to that point but I do not yet have that level of confidence,” he mentioned.