Chairman of Joint Chiefs warns of growth of al Qaeda, threat to US amid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

The Associated Press first reported Monday that Milley, during a briefing with senators on Sunday, said U.S. officials were expected to alter their earlier assessments about the pace of terrorist groups rebuilding in Afghanistan.

Earlier this summer, the Pentagon’s top leaders warned that extremist groups, like al-Qaida and ISIS, could have the potential to regenerate in the region and pose a threat to the U.S. homeland within two years of the withdrawal of U.S. truppe dall'Afghanistan.

But amid the worsening security situation in Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover, NOI. officials now believe terror groups may be able to grow at a much faster pace.

Lo scorso mese, Milley warned that the Taliban hadstrategic momentumin the fight for control of Afghanistan, while maintaining that the withdrawal of U.S. troops would be completed by Aug. 31.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, al tempo, said that the focus of continued U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan would be countering terrorist threats, not the Taliban. Austin said the U.S. volontà “keep an eye onAl Qaeda, the extremist network whose use of Afghanistan as a haven for planning the 9/11 attacks on the United States was the reason U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

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Our major focus going forward is to make sure that violence, terrorismo, cannot be exported from Afghanistan to our homeland, and so we’ll maintain the capability to be able to not only observe that but also address that if it does emerge,” Austin said in July, adding that the Taliban pledged in 2020 to not provide a sanctuary for Al Qaeda in the future.

We expect for them to meet that commitment. If they want legitimacy going forward, I think that’s something they’ll have to consider. That’s one way to earn it, so we’ll see what happens.” Al tempo, he reiterated his view that there is amedium riskof Al Qaeda regaining within about two years of the U.S. departure the capability to launch attacks against the West.

“Ma, ancora, there are a number of things that could happen to speed that up a bit or slow it down,” Austin said in July.

But the Taliban took over the entire country in mere days, killing American allies along the way. Gli Stati Uniti. is now struggling to keep the Kabul airport open for those still hoping to flee.

Nel frattempo, President Biden had repeatedly dismissed the notion that without American support the country would fall into the hands of the brutal Taliban, which has a history of allowing terrorist organizations to flourish under its rule.

As the Taliban took control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, di domenica, the terrorist group also seized Bagram Air Base, freeing thousands of U.S. prigionieri, including some of the Taliban’s most hardened fighters and senior Al Qaeda operatives.

NOI. forze handed control of the airfield, located on the outskirts of Kabul, over to the Afghan government in early July. Afghan forces at the base surrendered to the Taliban on Sunday, as other Taliban troops stormed the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the presidential palace.

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