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WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – A new U.S. military base in Afghanistan is needed to protect the United States from future terrorist attacks, Mike Rogers, a senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said on Tuesday.
“Now that we’re out, we have no eyes or ears on what’s going on in Afghanistan,” Rogers said at a press conference with other Republican lawmakers. “We have to have a base somewhere in Afghanistan.”
Rogers said he asked Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to develop options to restore US counterterrorism and collection capabilities. intelligence in Afghanistan.
“We have to face this counterterrorism and ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] vulnerability or we’ll have another attack on our soil and that’s not an option, ”Rogers said.
The options for military bases in neighboring countries will never materialize due to likely opposition from Russia and China. Additionally, flights from US bases in the Persian Gulf region require seven to eight hours, leaving pilots only an hour or two for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Rogers added.