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Washington Examiner Al Qaeda And ISIS Members From Afghanistan Could Resurface On Southern Border, Experts Say by Anna Giaritelli, Homeland Security Reporter Al Qaeda and ISIS terrorists sprung by the Taliban from an Afghan prison could enter the United States via the porous southern border, security experts said, lending grim legitimacy to concerns raised by Republicans.Feds patrolling the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly on alert for foreigners on the terror watch list, given the situation in Afghanistan, a senior official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Washington Examiner. “I believe CBP and the Border Patrol are both taking it very seriously, but I can’t say the same as far as the administration,” the official wrote in an email. “If I was a bad person that wanted to do harm to the U.S., I know now is the time to illegally enter...
Reuters After Taliban Takeover, Concerns Mount Over U.S. Counterterrorism Ability By Idrees Ali and Humeyra Pamuk, Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - With no U.S. troops or reliable partners left, jails emptied of militants and the Taliban in control, doubts are mounting within President Joe Biden's administration over Washington's ability to stem a resurgence of al Qaeda and other extremists in Afghanistan, six current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.Afghan security forces whom the United States helped train crumbled as Taliban militants made their way through Afghanistan in less than two weeks, leaving the United States with few partners on the ground."We're not in a good place," said a U.S. defense official, who requested anonymity to discuss the issue.Weeks before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al Qaeda, the lack of visibility regarding potential extremist threats is a chilling prospect for...
Newsweek Germany Warns Of 'Increase' In Islamic State Suicide Bombers Entering Kabul By Mary Ellen Cagnassola Germany's top military commander told reporters Tuesday that the military is concerned about an apparent threat of attacks by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Kabul, Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.General Eberhard Zorn said that "the threat has further increased," adding that American and German intelligence indicates an increase of ISIS suicide bombers sneaking into the city."That's increasing and leads to heightened precautions," Zorn added.Germany's defense minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, warned that the Taliban's August 31 deadline for foreign troops to fully withdraw should be taken "seriously."Newsweek Newsletter sign-up >"I think one needs to take very, very seriously the announcement that they won't agree to a further delay," she said, adding that the Taliban could be using the deadline as a bargaining chip in negotiations with foreign officials. Full story https://www.newsweek.com/germany-warns-increase-islamic-state-suicide-bombers-entering-kabul-1622568...
Fox News Experts Warn Of Al Qaeda Attacks On US Soil As Global Terror Threat Reaches 20-Year High Victor Davis Hanson: 'The next three and a half years, I think, will be our most dangerous since the 1950s of the Cold War' By Yael Halon The Biden-ordered Afghanistan withdrawal and subsequent Taliban takeover has increased the global terror threat to its highest point in two decades, and without U.S. intelligence operatives in the region, an al Qaeda 9-11 style attack may be imminent, experts warn. Dr. Tom Copeland, an expert in intelligence failures and mass casualty terrorist attacks and director of research at the Centennial Insititute told Fox News on Thursday that the fall of the Afghan government will likely coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack. Moreover, Copeland warned, the United States' complete withdrawal could presage another attack of that nature on U.S. soil."Having an...
The Guardian Biden’s ‘Over The Horizon’ Counter-Terrorism Strategy Comes With New Risks Taliban in power may find themselves fighting their own insurgentsAnalysis: new regime may face enemy composed not of fighters loyal to former US-backed government but those who see new rulers as sellouts by Jason Burke Joe Biden has said the US will maintain an “over the horizon” counter-terrorism capability to neutralise the threat posed by Islamist extremist groups in Afghanistan.With no troops on the ground, no intelligence-gathering operation in the country and no ally with shared borders, this kind of long-range effort to stop plots targeting the west will not be easy – and is made significantly harder by the range of the organisations based in territory now nominally under Taliban control. What any violent extremist group needs more than anything else is a secure location where it can plan, organise, recruit, strategise and gather resources. Without this,...