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Al-Qaeda continues to threaten American personnel in Afghanistan via Taliban – Pentagon links

Al-Qaeda continues to threaten American personnel in Afghanistan via Taliban - Pentagon links
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Al-Qaeda continues to pose a threat to US personnel remaining in Afghanistan through their interaction with the Taliban, the US Department of Defense said in a report to Congress titled “Improving Security and Stability in Afghanistan “.

“AQ [al-Qaeda]regional affiliate of AQIS [al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent] poses a threat to US personnel and allies in Afghanistan through its continued interaction with local Taliban commanders, “the report read on Friday.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden approved the full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by 9/11 after nearly 20 years of US military intervention. Biden argued that the main purpose of the US invasion of the country in November 2001 – to prevent future terrorist attacks on the American homeland – had been achieved.

The Pentagon report to Congress stated that al-Qaeda had been demoted in Afghanistan, but warned that the terrorist group was still capable of attacking Americans in the country.

“AQ [Al-Qaeda]The remaining central leaders pose a limited threat to US and coalition forces in Afghanistan because the leaders focus primarily on survival, “he said.

The Taliban, al-Qaeda and its regional affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS), along with other violent extremist organizations and organized criminal networks continue to threaten stability and security in Afghanistan, the report added.


* al-Qaeda, ISIS (Daesh / ISIL / Islamic State), terrorist groups banned in Russia and a number of other countries