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Al Qaeda could rebuild in Afghanistan in a year or two, U.S. officials say.

New York Times
Al Qaeda could rebuild inside Afghanistan within one to two years, top intelligence officials said Tuesday, noting that some members of the terror group have already returned to the country. Earlier in the year, top Pentagon officials said Al Qaeda could reconstitute within two years, then told lawmakers after the......

After Decades of War, ISIS and Al Qaeda Can Still Wreak Havoc

New York Times
DOHA, Qatar — The nightmare that kept counterterrorism experts awake even before the Taliban returned to power is that Afghanistan would become fertile ground for terrorist groups, most notably Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Two explosions claimed by the Islamic State that killed dozens of people, including at least......

Fact check: Biden claims al Qaeda is ‘gone’ from Afghanistan. Then the Pentagon confirms it’s still there

CNN
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Biden has correctly said in previous prepared remarks, including a speech on Monday, that al Qaeda has been “degraded” in Afghanistan; the terror group is widely viewed as having been substantially weakened by the 20-year US-led war. But Biden......

Rep. Mike Waltz on Afghanistan: ‘We are going to see Al Qaeda 3.0’

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) slammed President Joe Biden’s defense of his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and warned that Al Qaeda would make a resurgence during a Monday evening interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.” “I......

The U.S. military strikes a Qaeda affiliate in Somalia for the second time in a week.

New York Times
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military conducted a drone strike against Shabab fighters in Somalia on Friday, the second attack in a week since the Biden administration paused such military action against the Qaeda affiliate in East Africa when it took office six months ago. The targeted Shabab fighters were attacking......

French army kills an al Qaeda leader in Sahel, minister says

Reuters
The French army has killed an al Qaeda leader during an operation in the Sahel region who is believed to be responsible for the kidnapping and killing of two French journalists in 2013, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly tweeted on Friday. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Source –......

U.S. and Allies Plan Fight From Afar Against Al Qaeda Once Troops Exit Afghanistan

New York Times
“I just don’t see how the I.C. operates in a place like Afghanistan without the U.S. military side by side,” Mr. Polymeropoulos said in an email, referring to the intelligence community, including the C.I.A. “It is just far too dangerous.” Daunting challenges face the American-backed Afghan security forces. Over the......

Pompeo Says Iran Is New Base for Al Qaeda, but Offers Little Proof

New York Times
WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda’s new base of operations is in Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, using his last days in office to tie together two of what he called the world’s greatest terrorism threats but offering no underlying intelligence as evidence. His conclusions were quickly tempered,......

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