Daily US Times: Gen Mark Milley, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described the Taliban as a “ruthless group” and says it is not clear whether they will change.
The top US General said however, it was “possible” that the United States would co-ordinate with the Islamist militants on future counter-terrorism operations.
On Tuesday, US forces withdrew from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war two decades after launching an invasion to oust the Taliban.
Taliban are now in control of Afghanistan and expected to announce a new government.
Gen Mark Milley was speaking alongside US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, in their first public remarks since the last US soldiers left Afghanistan.
President Biden has been widely criticised over the abrupt manner of the withdrawal of US forces, which led to the unexpected collapse of the Afghan security forces the US had funded and trained for years.
The Islamic militia group’s aggressive advance sparked off a frenetic effort to evacuate thousands of foreigners and local Afghans who had been working for them.
In the news conference on Wednesday, both Secretary Austin and Gen Milley praised the soldiers who had served in Afghanistan and the massive evacuation mission.
Being asked about the US co-ordination with the Taliban in the withdrawal process, Mr Austin said: “We were working with the Taliban on a very narrow set of issues, and that was just that – to get as many people out as we possibly could.”