Sumary of 62% of Americans believe US troops will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorism: poll:
- 62% of Americans think US troops will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorism, a new poll says.
- According to new poll released by Quinnipiac University, 62% of Americans think US forces will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorism.
- At the end of August, the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, putting an end to a nearly 20-year war that began following the 9/11 terror attacks.
- US forces evacuated over 100,000 people from the country, but nearly 170 Afghan civilians died in an August 26 terrorist attack by ISIS-K at the Kabul airport, which also killed 13 US service members.
- Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that a civil war in the country is likely following the US withdrawal, and that such a conflict could enable a resurgence by the terror group Al-Qaeda.
- Meanwhile, Biden administration officials have argued that the US can effectively combat any terrorist threat via “over-the-horizon” capabilities, including using aerial surveillance and drone strikes from military installations in the region.
- Yet even as most Americans anticipate further US troop deployments, a strong majority — 69% of all respondents — say that ending the war in Afghanistan was the right thing to do.