WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. military leaders said on Thursday that international militant groups like al Qaeda could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland and America’s allies in two years.
“It would take possibly two years for them to develop that capability,” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said during a Congressional hearing.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley said he agreed with the timeline and there was a medium risk at the moment.
“If there was a collapse of the government, or a dissolution of the Afghan security forces, that risk would obviously increase,” Milley said.
(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)