President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan has increased the global terror threat to its highest level since 9/11 and intelligence experts are now warning that another massive al Qaeda attack on American soil may be imminent.
Dr. Tom Copeland, who is an expert in intelligence failures and mass-casualty terrorist attacks, told Fox News on Thursday that the implosion of Afghanistan and its government is likely a precursor to another 9/11-style attack against the United States.
“Having an entire country as a safe haven, will give [al Qaeda] more physical space and more breathing space to reconstitute and go back to planning major events, so I think the U.S. withdrawal itself is a large part of that threat,” Copeland asserted.
Al Qaeda is reportedly already coalescing in Afghanistan. They have been fighting with the Taliban in Syria and now will have the opportunity to reestablish global terrorist ties and solidify their operations thanks to Biden’s ill-conceived withdrawal of troops.
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Copeland contends that for the first time since 9/11, we will, in effect, be blind on the ground because we no longer have an embassy in Afghanistan. We also don’t have any military bases or a CIA station in that part of the world now.
“Even though we may be better organized to defend the homeland than we were in 2001, this withdrawal is going to leave us with a much more limited window into what the terrorists are doing inside Afghanistan,” he contended.
President Biden erroneously stated on Friday that al Qaeda was no longer in Afghanistan and intimated they were not a threat anymore. The Pentagon was quick to correct that statement.
“Let’s put this into perspective here,” Biden declared during a press conference where he double-downed on defending his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. “What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone?”
Shortly thereafter, Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin cornered Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby on Biden’s ludicrous claim. She wanted an estimate on how many al Qaeda members were operating in Afghanistan currently. He couldn’t answer her question.
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“I haven’t seen an estimate on that,” Kirby stumbled. “OK, I don’t know if we have an exact estimate.”
“You don’t have military intelligence estimates about how many al Qaeda remain in Afghanistan?” Griffin incredulously asked.
“We know that al Qaeda is a presence as well as ISIS in Afghanistan,” Kirby replied. “And we’ve talked about that for quite some time. We do not believe it is exorbitantly high, but we don’t have an exact figure for you, as I think you might understand.”
Highly respected military historian and Fox News contributor Victor Davis Hanson agrees with Copeland’s assessment of an imminent attack on U.S. soil by al Qaeda, stating that it “may very well be correct.”
“The next three and a half years, I think, will be our most dangerous since the 1950s of the Cold War,” Hanson warned on Thursday.
“Jihadists now have a centrally located haven that has a proven record of successfully launching anti-Western terrorist operations; the Taliban are far more jubilant now than in the past, given the climatic defeat of the entire NATO coalition, and, finally, they feel there no longer exists U.S. deterrence,” he commented.
“Iran, China, and Russia will in the next year likely become far more adventurous in our experience on the expectation that the Biden administration, the woke Pentagon, and the politicized intelligence agencies either cannot or will not deter them,” Hanson added. “That encourages the Taliban who feel that the U.S. will be pressed simultaneously by several enemies and won’t dare confront them.”
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) is warning that Al Qaeda will make a resurgence. He served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan as a Green Beret.
“I think at the end of the day you have two choices in Afghanistan, you have a small presence focused on counterterrorism and supporting the Afghan military, or you face what we’re facing now, which will be a cesspool of terrorism,” said Waltz Monday on CNBC.
“The problem is terrorism that happens in Afghanistan doesn’t stay in Afghanistan. We will see Al Qaeda 3.0, they are working closely with the Taliban, and they do intend to attack America again,” he further warned.
Paul D. Miller is another expert on tap. He served in Afghanistan not only in the military but as a CIA operative. He was then selected as director of the Afghanistan desk for the National Security Council during both former President Bush’s and Obama’s administrations.
When asked about the potential threat of an attack by al Qaeda, he posited, “I am confident saying that the U.S. is at higher risk of international terrorism today than at any point in the last 20 years.”
And he says that it “was an avoidable catastrophe.”
“It was a manmade disaster, it was policy engineered chaos,” he claimed. “The president continues to insist that this was unavoidable. It was inevitable. The war had already been lost. There was no other way out, could not have been would have the chaos. All of this is false… and everybody paid responsibility for the consequences of his choice to withdraw.”
He also concluded that the government in Afghanistan is the very “same one that harbored al Qaeda 20 years ago” and that prior to Biden’s catastrophic actions, al Qaeda was on the run.
The single most consistent element of Taliban policy over 30 years is its alliance with al-Qaida. They had a chance to denounce the group & acknowledge its role in 9/11: they made a conscious choice every day for 20 years not to do so. That tells you all you need to know.
— Paul D. Miller (@PaulDMiller2) August 18, 2021
“They were spending their energy and their time running and hiding from our airstrikes or drones or Special Forces. They didn’t have time to plan their attacks. They now have breathing room to reconstitute themselves and focus on creating, recruiting, fundraising and planning. They couldn’t do that for 20 years. Now they can. That means we are all at heightened risk of a terrorist attack – not just United States, but this could very well be our European partners as well,” Miller assessed.
“They said al Qaeda might take two years to reconstitute itself but it sounds like from what I’ve read, they’re thinking they could do it in six months,” he stated to Fox News.
“Now, that doesn’t mean we’ll have an attack in six months, it does take time to plan these spectacular events… I don’t think it’ll happen then, but I think in the next four or five years we should anticipate at least efforts by al Qaeda and ISIS and other groups that may form in the aftermath here.”
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