Taliban have already invited al-Qaeda BACK to Afghanistan says Pentagon watchdog

The Taliban is already providing ‘protected haven’ to Al Qaeda, in accordance to a Pentagon watchdog report printed on Tuesday – only a day after President Biden mentioned the struggle in Afghanistan had succeeded in guaranteeing the nation couldn’t be used to launch assaults in opposition to the U.S.  

The revelation will carry contemporary questions on why Biden was intent on pushing via the U.S. withdrawal so quick.

And with U.S. troops and diplomats heading for the exits, who’s left behind to present intelligence on the lethal terrorist group?

The new report by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel – the identify of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan – mentioned terrorist networks together with ISIS had made the many of the Department of Defense’s drawdown.   

‘As the DoD restructured its counterterrorism mission to places exterior of Afghanistan, ISIS—Khorasan exploited the political instability and rise in violence throughout the quarter by attacking minority sectarian targets and infrastructure to unfold concern and spotlight the Afghan authorities’s incapacity to present enough safety,’ it mentioned.

‘Additionally, the Taliban continued to preserve its relationship with al Qaeda, offering protected haven for the terrorist group in Afghanistan.’

President Biden has repeatedly declared victory in the U.S. mission to ensure Al Qaeda could not use Afghan soil to launch attacks on the U.S. But a new report says the Taliban is offering safe haven to the terrorist group

President Biden has repeatedly declared victory within the U.S. mission to guarantee Al Qaeda couldn’t use Afghan soil to launch assaults on the U.S. But a brand new report says the Taliban is providing protected haven to the terrorist group

Taliban fighters pose on October 14, 2001, near Jalalabad in Afghanistan. Twenty years after their regime was topped by U.S. and allied forces they are back in power

Taliban fighters pose on October 14, 2001, close to Jalalabad in Afghanistan. Twenty years after their regime was topped by U.S. and allied forces they’re again in energy

Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule

Taliban fighters stand guard in a car alongside the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year struggle, as hundreds of individuals mobbed town’s airport attempting to flee the group’s feared hardline model of Islamist rule

Osama bin Laden plotted the 9/11 terror assaults from Afghan soil, triggering the 2001 invasion by U.S. troops.

He was lastly hunted down and killed by Navy Seals in neighboring Pakistan 10 years later. 

Disrupting his community in Afghanistan has been a key a part of the U.S. and NATO mission. 

But with the Taliban retaking energy, analysts are assessing what it means for Al Qaeda and the menace it poses to the West.

A peace deal signed by the Trump administration in Doha, the capital of Qatar, final yr required the Taliban to cease giving protected haven terrorist teams. 

Yet, the Taliban’s higher echelons are stuffed with figures who have fought alongside Al Qaeda or hosted their operatives. For instance, Sirajuddin Haqqani, one of many Taliban’s deputy leaders and the son of a detailed pal to Bin Laden, is understood to be a key conduit to the phobia group. 

As the Taliban superior quickly throughout Afghanistan, undoing billions of {dollars} of labor that was meant to construct a brand new democracy, officers have repeatedly seized on the eradication of Al Qaeda within the nation as justification for leaving.  

‘We went to Afghanistan nearly 20 years in the past with clear targets: get those that attacked us on September eleventh, 2001, and ensure Al Qaeda couldn’t use Afghanistan as a base from which to assault us once more,’ mentioned Biden on Monday, after being compelled to depart Camp David to tackle the disaster.

‘We did that. We severely degraded Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.’ 

Biden is seen talking to his national security team from Camp David at the weekend. Officials insist they will hold the Taliban to the terms of a peace deal signed in Doha last year, when they promised not to host terrorist groups

Biden is seen speaking to his nationwide safety staff from Camp David on the weekend. Officials insist they are going to maintain the Taliban to the phrases of a peace deal signed in Doha final yr, after they promised not to host terrorist teams

The top ranks of the Taliban include the likes of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who leads the Haqqani network, and who is believed to have close ties with Al Qaeda. This rare photograph is taken from an FBI most wanted poster

The prime ranks of the Taliban embrace the likes of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who leads the Haqqani community, and who’s believed to have shut ties with Al Qaeda. This uncommon {photograph} is taken from an FBI most wished poster

Other officers say they intent on holding the Taliban to the Doha deal.

‘We have a confirmed means to combat terrorism successfully with out having a big navy footprint on the bottom – and we’ll maintain the Taliban accountable to not permitting Al Qaeda to have a protected haven in Afghanistan,’ National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan advised ABC’s Good Morning America.

Terrorism consultants scoff at the concept the Taliban is not working with Al Qaeda or that the terrorist group has been defeated. 

‘The current narrative of a degraded or defeated or decimated  group – choose your D phrase, they’ve used – is delusional,’ mentioned Bill Roggio, editor of the Long War Journal which tracks Al Qaeda exercise within the area.

‘They’ve been there, working alongside the Taliban the entire time. This narrative has endured as a result of the one method to pursue a US exit out of Afghanistan was to downgrade Al Qaeda’s presence.’  

He mentioned Pentagon assessments had lengthy been works of fiction, placing the Al Qaeda presence at about 50-100 fighters – regardless of reporting that 40-80 operatives had been being killed annually.

‘The intelligence providers are clueless or mendacity,’ he mentioned. 

Roggio added that the chaotic departure of diplomats, contractors and troops – not to point out Afghans who had labored for the U.S. – would severely erode Washington’s means to collect intelligence on Al Qaeda. 

The Pentagon declined to touch upon the report and as a substitute directed inquiries to the White House and to the Pentagon Office of the Inspector General. 

Taliban fighters ride a newly acquired police pickup truck outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after their whirlwind advance across the country

Taliban fighters trip a newly acquired police pickup truck exterior Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after their whirlwind advance throughout the nation

Hundreds of people gather outside the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, as they try to flee the Taliban takeover

Hundreds of individuals collect exterior the worldwide airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, as they struggle to flee the Taliban takeover

The White House didn’t instantly reply and a spokesman for the Pentagon Office of the Inspector General mentioned it had nothing to add to the report. 

A current United Nations report mentioned Al Qaeda’s chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was ‘residing however ailing in Afghanistan.’

‘Al Qaeda is current in at the very least 15 Afghan provinces, primarily within the jap, southern and south-eastern areas,’ it mentioned. ‘Its weekly Thabat e-newsletter stories on its operations inside Afghanistan.’

And an offshoot, Al Qaeda within the Indian subcontinent operates below Taliban safety from Kandahar, Helmand and Nimruz Provinces.  

In the aftermath of the Taliban takeover, Nathan Sales, former US ambassador-at-large, mentioned Al Qaeda was one of many massive winners.

‘The Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is one of the best information Al Qaeda has had in a long time,’ he wrote in a briefing paper for the Atlantic Council.

‘With the Taliban again in command of the nation, it’s just about sure that al-Qaeda will reestablish a protected haven in Afghanistan and use it to plot assaults on the United States.’