Representatives for al Qaeda said the "war against the U.S. will be continuing on all other fronts” amid the Biden administration's removal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Two al Qaeda operatives said in an exclusive interview with CNN that the U.S. will continue to face pushback “unless they are expelled from the rest of the Islamic world." The interview, which was conducted through intermediaries, marks a rare direct response from the insurgent network, which usually communicates through self-produced propaganda. ADVERTISEMENT The remarks also come ahead of this weekend’s 10th anniversary of the U.S. Seal Team 6 operation that killed Osama bin Laden , one of the founders of al Qaeda and the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. The two members of al Qaeda's subcontinent broadcast branch who spoke to CNN said the group is planning to make a comeback by partnering with the Taliban. One spokesperson commended the Taliban, … [Read more...] about As US pulls out of Afghanistan, al Qaeda says war ‘on all other fronts’ to continue: report
Domestic terrorists – such as racially motivated, anti-government, and anti-law enforcement violent extremists – may pose the “greatest” threat domestically this year and likely into 2022, a top FBI official told lawmakers Thursday. The official made those comments as she acknowledged that jihadis affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) remain intent on conducting or inspiring large-scale attacks on the United States. In written testimony prepared for a hearing by the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Justice (DOJ), Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, suggested that Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) pose a more significant threat than jihadis. She indicated that domestic terrorists, or DVEs, include groups or individuals from the right and left of the political spectrum. Without mentioning Islamic terrorist groups, she concluded: Looking forward, the FBI assesses … [Read more...] about FBI: Jihadis Remain a Menace, But Domestic Terrorists from Left, Right Pose ‘Greatest’ Threat to U.S.
The Biden administration’s plans are in place to ( mostly ) end the 20-year U.S. war in Afghanistan. But don’t expect a conclusion to the 18-year war in Iraq any time soon. “We’re going to stay in Iraq,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie told Military Times for a report published in April, supplying four rationales for that choice: the Islamic State, Iran, Baghdad and Afghanistan. Each excuse was as wrongheaded as the last, and none justify prolonging the heir-apparent to the notorious title of America’s longest war. “We’re going to be there, our NATO partners are going to be there,” McKenzie first said, “to finish the ISIS fight.” What exactly does that mean? The mission to reclaim territory from ISIS in Iraq has been completed for nearly four years. It is also complete in Syria, and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed himself during a U.S. raid in 2019. The Islamic State’s “ability to reemerge is extremely low right now,” Lt. Gen. Paul Calvert, who leads the U.S.-led coalition … [Read more...] about The Biden administration’s wrongheaded argument for staying in Iraq
President Biden Joe Biden Tulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE announced on April 14 that the United States will withdraw all remaining forces from Afghanistan before Sept. 11, 2021. Given the persistent terrorist threats there and in neighboring Pakistan, the degradation of U.S. counterterrorism capability associated with the withdrawal, and the likelihood that the country once again could generate threats to the U.S. homeland, there are serious questions about the Biden administration’s decision. It appears administration briefings to key committee members in the House and Senate last week did not go well , raising more questions than the briefings answered. If Biden proceeds to withdraw from Afghanistan based on a timeline rather than conditions on the ground , the administration will have another chance to attempt to answer … [Read more...] about Congress demands answers on Afghanistan withdrawal
President Biden Joe Biden Tulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE touted his planned withdrawal from Afghanistan on Wednesday night during his first address to Congress, declaring that “American leadership means ending the forever war" to a standing ovation from Democratic lawmakers in attendance. “After 20 years of American valor and sacrifice, it’s time to bring those troops home,” he added to more applause from the Democratic side. Biden’s comments on Afghanistan on Wednesday night largely echoed his speech earlier this month announcing the withdrawal, but served to deliver the message to a primetime audience in a speech meant to tout how America is “on the move again.” ADVERTISEMENT Biden has ordered a full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to be completed by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that sparked … [Read more...] about Biden touts Afghan withdrawal: ‘American leadership means ending the forever war’