The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford has said that the United States will need counter-terrorism forces in Afghanistan until there is no insurgency left in the country.

Gen. Dunford made the remarks during a congressional hearing on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

“I think we will need to maintain a counterterrorism presence as long as an insurgency continues in Afghanistan,” Gen. Dunford said.

The latest remarks by Gen. Dunford came as peace talks are underway between U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha with Taliban emphasizing on full withdrawal of the U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

The sixth round of talks between U.S. and Taliban representatives kicked in Doha on 1st of May.