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Afghanistan turmoil

Top U.S. general says Afghanistan withdrawal has damaged credibility

Milley says he advised Biden to keep forces in, contradicting president's statements

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations, on Capitol Hill on Sept. 28.

NEW YORK -- Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer, told Congress on Tuesday that the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has harmed America's standing with its allies.

"I think that our credibility with allies and partners around the world and with adversaries is being intensely reviewed by them to see which way this is going to go," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "And I think that 'damage' is one word that could be used," he said.

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