Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster believes it’s a mistake to think the Taliban could be a partner for peace, and could mean another 9/11.
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In an in-depth conversation with USA TODAY’s Deirdre Shesgreen, Gen. H.R. McMaster, the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump and decorated veteran, was cautious to criticize President Trump on many mainstream political and policy decisions with one notable exception – Trump’s deal with Taliban and Afghan leaders that freed thousands of Taliban fighters. McMaster thinks that those fighters will lead to a resurgence of terrorist activity, similar to how the 2011 release of al-Qaida fighters led to the rise of the Islamic State.
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