The Taliban’s return to energy might as soon as once more flip Afghanistan right into a haven for terror teams working within the area, former U.S. nationwide safety advisor John Bolton advised CNBC.

Because the U.S. withdrew its navy presence forward of an Aug. 31 deadline, the Taliban made lightning advances to grab management of extra territory — regardless of being outnumbered by the Afghan navy.

President Joe Biden issued an order in April to fully withdraw about 3,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

Chatting with CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Thursday, Bolton stated the U.S. had gone into Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban and the “sanctuary that they had supplied to Al Qaeda.”

“We stayed there for an equally legitimate strategic motive,” stated Bolton, who’s broadly thought of a overseas coverage hawk. “Which is to maintain Taliban, Al Qaeda and different threatening terrorist teams from regaining a functionality, to have a privileged sanctuary from which they may plan and direct assaults in opposition to the U.S. and our mates and allies.”

Protected haven for terrorists?

The U.S. ought to have maintained its navy presence in Afghanistan so long as the risk from terror teams remained, stated Bolton, who was nationwide safety advisor to Donald Trump from April 2018 to September 2019.

What Taliban-controlled Afghanistan supplies is potential for a regime that permits terrorist teams — in contrast to different regimes which attempt to hunt them down and get rid of them.

John Bolton

former U.S. nationwide safety advisor

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Biden this week defended his decision to pull out U.S. troops amid mounting criticism of his administration’s dealing with of the scenario, as components of Kabul descended into chaos following the federal government’s collapse.

“What Taliban-controlled Afghanistan supplies is potential for a regime that permits terrorist teams — in contrast to different regimes which attempt to hunt them down and get rid of them,” Bolton stated.

“They’ll now go to Afghanistan beneath Taliban and count on a extra hospitable reception. I believe that endangers us all,” he added.

CNBC’s Amanda Macias and Natasha Turak contributed to this report.

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