London: UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Friday that every option would be on the table if Afghan militants were to harbour the al-Qaeda terror group in their country.
A military solution, however, would not solve the Central Asian nation’s problems long term, the minister noted.
“I could send 10,000 people, we could go in, we could do it for two, three years, we have the forces to do that but that is not how you are going to fix Afghanistan,” he warned.
The Taliban have made huge territorial gains over the past week, seizing about 15 of 34 provincial capitals and securing the road to Kabul. The insurgency swept the country after the United States and its allies announced they would withdraw troops from Afghanistan by September 11.