Pentagon warns that the threat of terrorism is exacerbating after the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan


A spokesman said the Pentagon is evaluating Afghanistan for “rebuilding the terrorist network” after the Taliban occupied Kabul and declared victory over the weekend.

Before the Taliban were overthrown by US troops in the early 2000s, the group was accused of containing al-Qaeda and later terrorist organizations, including the Haqqani network.

“It’s too early to evaluate and judge what the threat of terrorism will be in Afghanistan in the future,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters Monday. “The Secretary certainly believes that recent events justify a reassessment of the potential restructuring of terrorist networks in Afghanistan.”

The catastrophic failure of the Afghan government to fight the Taliban and prepare the terms for peace talks has increased the risk of terrorists from other countries going to Afghanistan. The Islamist organization, the Taliban, shares an ideology similar to al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and other Sunni Muslim groups.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told parliamentarians that he would reassess the potential of terrorist networks such as al-Qaeda and ISIS in Afghanistan, Kaida. Told Politico.. He said it is not yet clear whether the Pentagon can “make a firm decision” on how the threat of terrorism will develop in the near future.

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We see Taliban terrorists standing in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, on August 14, 2021. (Stringer / Reuters)

Some designated terrorist groups applauded the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

“The Taliban have won today after being accused of backwardness and terrorism,” Hamas’ Musa Abu Marzuk tweeted Monday. “They confronted America and its agents and refused to compromise with them. They weren’t fooled by the bright headlines about” democracy “and” elections. ” “

Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) -backed media is promoting the potential relationship between the CCP and the Taliban. Other CCP mouthpiece media have used the US withdrawal and the Taliban’s victory to deny US credibility while promoting the ruling party’s administration.

China’s diplomatic Twitter account posted a press release on Monday, stating that the CCP and the Taliban will hold “consultations aimed at forming a comprehensive Islamic government held in Afghanistan.” Afghanistan and China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region share a small border area.

Kirby said thousands of US troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan. This assessment was later echoed by President Joe Biden’s first statement regarding the capture of the Taliban.

“All the images that come out are concerns and problems, and we want to do this in a safe, efficient and orderly way,” Kirby told reporters. “And for now, our army is focused on creating a safe and secure environment at the airport and clearing people in the crowd from tarmacs and flight lines so that flights can resume. That is our focus now. “

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.