Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

Top CIA Official: al-Qaeda Terrorists Returning to Afghanistan

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A senior CIA official on Tuesday acknowledged that terrorist network al-Qaeda is starting to return to Afghanistan, just a few weeks after the U.S. military withdrew from the country. “We are already beginning to see some of the indications of some potential movement of al-Qaeda to Afghanistan,” David Cohen, deputy director of the CIA, said during the Intelligence and National Security Summit. “But it’s early days and we will obviously keep a very close eye on that.” Another top U.S. intelligence official suggested the terrorist group, which was blamed for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago, could rebuild inside Afghanistan in one or two years. Al-Qaeda operated in the country and was essentially provided safe harbor by the Taliban terrorist group between its first rule between 1996 and 2001. “The current assessment probably conservatively is one to two years for al-Qaeda to build some capability to at least threaten …

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