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Al Qaeda can take a year or two to rebuild in Afghanistan, say US officials

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Lt. Gen. Scott D. Berrier, the director of the Protection Intelligence Company. File photograph
  • Some members of Al Qaeda have returned to Afghanistan, observe US intelligence officials. 
  • Onerous to detect when the Al Qaeda or Daesh’s native affiliate would have the potential to threaten the US, observe US officials. 
  • CIA protecting a shut watch on “some potential motion of Al Qaeda to Afghanistan”.

NEW YORK: US officials are involved concerning the banned outfit Al Qaeda rebuilding and regrouping in Afghanistan, as per a report in The New York Occasions

Prime US intelligence officials famous that some members of the Al Qaeda had returned to Afghanistan because the Taliban consolidated their maintain over the nation.

The evaluation from the US officials got here amid considerations over the Taliban’s capability to make sure that militants don’t take benefit of the vacuum in the war-ravaged nation and use Afghanistan’s soil as a launching pad in opposition to different nations.

Prime intelligence officials met on the annual Intelligence and Nationwide Safety Summit the place they famous that it will take Al Qaeda at the least one to two years earlier than it can strike the US once more. 

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“The present evaluation most likely conservatively is one to two years for Al Qaeda to construct some functionality to at the least threaten the homeland,” Lt. Gen. Scott D. Berrier, the director of the Protection Intelligence Company, mentioned. 

David S Cohen, the deputy director of the CIA, mentioned it was arduous to detect when the Al Qaeda or Daesh’s native affiliate would have the potential to threaten the US, including that the CIA is protecting a shut watch on “some potential motion of Al Qaeda to Afghanistan.”

“We’re fascinated with methods to achieve entry again into Afghanistan with all types of supply,” mentioned Common Berrier. 

Will not permit Afghan soil to be used for terrorism, say Taliban

The Taliban’s spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen. had mentioned a couple of days in the past that the Taliban had condemned the 9/11 assaults 20 years in the past and advised the US that “no Afghans had been concerned” in them.

Shaheen’s remarks got here throughout an interview with Geo Information on programme “Jirga”, aired final week.

“I recall that we condemned the incident. [Abdul Salam] Zaeef was the ambassador (to Pakistan) and I used to be an aide. We known as a press convention and we condemned the incident. We mentioned we are going to cooperate to unearth the actual behind the scenes culprits,” he had mentioned.

“We requested that the matter be resolved by way of dialogue, don’t invade Afghanistan. And the results of an invasion is earlier than you now,” Shaheen had mentioned.

“It will not be a good outcome for you, so it’s higher for you and for us additionally, having fought in opposition to an invasion (for therefore lengthy) and many individuals being martyred, so we are not looking for this,” he had recalled the Taliban saying to the US.

“However they didn’t hear to us and got here to Afghanistan and occupied it by way of subtle weapons. At a time there have been greater than 150,000 troopers right here of theirs and of the alliances. However the outcome was what we had warned in opposition to 20 years in the past,” the spokesman mentioned.

He went on to state that “with the assist of the individuals, we gained again our freedom”.

To a query, Shaheen had mentioned that Al Qaeda on the time had not taken into confidence Afghanistan or Mullah Muhammad Omar over such a transfer, and that the Taliban, who had been in energy on the time, had been “caught off-guard”.

He added that the Taliban have now, since taking management of Afghanistan, made a coverage to by no means permit the usage of Afghan soil in opposition to every other nation.

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