United States intelligence agencies have discerned early signs that suggest that militants belonging to the terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda have begun to regroup in the Taliban-led Afghanistan, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Deputy Director David Cohen said on Tuesday, 14 September.
The SUN Speaking at an intelligence summit near Washington on Tuesday, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, said that the Al-Qaeda could be regrouped enough within 1-2 years to pose a serious threat to the American homeland.
Edmund Fitton-Brown, coordinator of the United Nations team that monitors Islamist terrorist groups, said: “There is no question that this is being talked about.”
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a gloating video posted on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity, despite reports that he died last year. Al-Zawahiri, sometimes nicknamed Dr. Death, last appeared in a video message to the group on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It comes as Professor Anthony Glees of the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham gloomily warned of the return of the infamous terrorist training camps (below) that once dotted Afghanistan.
“I am sure that the training of jihadists will resume and I would not be surprised if the first recruits from the training camps do not start arriving in Afghanistan. “Furthermore, precisely because it appears that we are withdrawing and we seem to agree that the Taliban have won, we will encourage them to attack us again.”
Al-Qaeda forged a close alliance with the Taliban the last time they ruled Afghanistan, which they used as a base to launch a series of terror attacks on US targets, culminating in the 9/11 attack.
The expert also said that US President Joe Biden made “a totally wrong decision” in quickly withdrawing, with consequences “for all Western states.”