Liberal Senator Jim Molan says the return of Australian forces to Afghanistan is ‘not beyond the realm of reason’ as the rapid withdrawal of coalition forces has resulted in the Taliban taking back control of several parts of the country.
Australia formally withdrew troops from Afghanistan last month, ending an almost 20-year presence in the country.
Mr Molan, a former Major-General in the Australian Army who fought in the Iraq War, believes Australia’s history of “cutting and running” could cause issues in the future as the Taliban intensifies its push to capture territory in Afghanistan.
“We have a great long history of cutting and running. We ran out of Iraq in 2011 and guess what happened – we had to go back in,” Mr Molan told Sky News host Catherine McGregor.
“It is not beyond the realm of reason that we will have to go back into Afghanistan if the Taliban – who can’t lie straight in bed – if they start using Afghanistan as a base to operate against us."