This handout photo courtesy of the Department of Defense taken on August 30, 2021 shows US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (3-L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (2nd-L) watching the final plane depart from Kabul, Afghanistan from the Pentagon. AFP
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says it's ``possible'' the U.S. will have to coordinate with the Taliban on any future counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan against Islamic State militants or others.
Milley spoke at a Pentagon news conference Wednesday, two days after the final U.S. troops left Afghanistan at the close of a turbulent and deadly evacuation of more than 124,000 American citizens, Afghans and others. He said it's hard to predict how the future of the Taliban will unfold.
Milley called the Taliban a ruthless group and ``whether or not they change remains to be seen.'' Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he will make no predictions now on how the U.S. relationship with the Taliban will look like in the future.