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Analysis: Was the Afghan Withdrawal the Beginning of a New Era of Terrorism?


WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 27 — Al-Qaeda’s reign of terror a decade after its 9/11 attacks in the U.S. seemed to be coming to an end after Osama bin Laden, the founder of the militant terrorist group, was found and killed in 2011. But the terrorists didn’t just go away. Instead, Al-Qaeda and its affiliates, including the Taliban, have been actively carrying out deadly attacks in other parts of the world.

However, there is concern that President Biden’s surrender to the dodgy Taliban regime and their partners in crime, Al-Qaeda, may have emboldened them.

Ken McCallum, Director General of MI5, Britain’s FBI, told the BBC, “The big concern flowing from Afghanistan, alongside the immediate inspirational effect, is the risk that terrorists reconstitute and once again pose us more in the way of well developed, sophisticated plots of the sort that we faced in 9/11 and the years thereafter … Overnight you can have a psychological boost or morale boost to extremists already here, or in other countries. So, we need to be vigilant both for the increase in inspired terrorism, which has become a real trend for us to deal with over the last five to 10 years, alongside the potential regrowth of Al Qaeda style directed plots, that we saw more commonly some years ago.”

Even Afghanistan’s pro-Taliban neighbor to the north, Pakistan, is worried despite the fact that it was a cause for celebration there when America suddenly ended its war and withdrew its forces last month. Raoof Hasan, special assistant to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, took to social media to express joy, commenting in one Tweeter message: “Afghanistan is presently witnessing a virtually smooth shifting of power from the corrupt Ghani government to the Taliban” and in a separate Tweet that “The contraption that the U.S. had pieced together for Afghanistan has crumbled like the proverbial house of cards.”

But although Pakistan is seemingly happy that the Taliban won its fight with the U.S., the Washington Post points out that terrorists — including the Taliban — are “waging a bloody insurgency” in Pakistan aimed at turning the nation into a fundamentalist Islamist state. The Post reports that “The result, say analysts and current and former Pakistani and U.S. officials, is a renewed dilemma for a Pakistani military establishment that has sought since the late 1970s to strategically harness — but also carefully contain — the combustible rise of religious fervor in the country.”

In a separate story, the Post says that pro-Taliban religious Islamic leaders have long been inciting unrest. In 2007, the report notes, armed militants took over the Red Mosque in Islamabad, triggering a week-long siege by Pakistani security forces that ended with more than 100 dead. Islamic cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz led that takeover. He’s been charged for that event and numerous other criminal acts but has never been convicted. And now, he gloats over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

After the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, he said, “The coming of the Taliban was an act of God. The whole world has seen that they defeated America and its arrogant power. It will definitely have a positive effect on our struggle to establish Islamic rule in Pakistan, but our success is in the hands of God.”

The Post story goes on to say that the Pakistani Taliban has been at war with the government of Pakistan for years and that the Afghan Taliban’s success could encourage them to “launch a new holy war” there.

Recently, Abdul Aziz flew the new flag of what the Taliban has renamed the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Police were ordered to take the flag down, and he defied them in a social media video, saying, “Pakistan’s Taliban will not spare them.”

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21 days ago

Have no doubts at all.

21 days ago

Have not read this article yet, but of course the world, Israel, and the US will have many many terrorist attacks. You bet we will. Thanks China Joe…….

Stephen Lykins
21 days ago

“Was the Afghan Withdrawal the Beginning of a New Era of Terrorism?” Short answer, yes. Longer answer, ASO FREAKING LUTELY!

21 days ago
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Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
21 days ago

Afgan is like a Hornets nest. The U .S. kept tapping on it with a stick,now they are leavng the nest in anger. Kyle L.

J. Farley
21 days ago

Don’t you just love it, this wonderful Government does everything they can to disarm the American Citizen and Gives our enemy 85 Billion is weapons, that they will use against us or sale to other Foreign Powers and use the money to fund Terrorism right here in America, all those involved should be Fired, Impeached, and tried for treason and suffer the Appropriate Penalty. in my life time I have never seen such a more stupid act by my Government and the Communist in the American News Media, not only lie about it but aid the morons in trying to cover this mess up.
The weasels in my Government can have my Guns, if they can take them from me and that might be a tough nut to crack, the only time I carry a gun is when I am alone or with somebody.
Fight Back America, Your Country Is Slipping Away !
God Save America !

Patriot Will
21 days ago

The Biden Administration has recklessly and cruelly destroyed our ability to keep the Taliban in check. Tens of Thousands of pro American people have been left behind, and are systematically being tortured and butchered. Biden and his thugs have no respect for innocent humans who are no longer important to the Democrat’s latest international whims. Also, the balance of power between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been dangerously compromised by the shenanigans of the inept Biden Administration.

21 days ago

Only a blind idiot would not see that the future holds increased terrorism world wide, as Afghanistan has now become “home base” for any and all groups who seek to destroy the “infidels”. The fools in our administration have not only opened the door, they are serving as ushers, showing the way. Meanwhile, our nation faces huge problems with illegal immigration, influx of “unvetted” Muslims, and a debt crisis never before seen……the pot is now being stirred, the fire is being turned up, and boil-over is the next thing to come….where it ends, God only knows.

Stephen Russell
21 days ago

Yes since withdrawl NOT planned or pre planned that way

22 days ago

Nothing has changed with terrorism except the USA will be back on the defensive awaiting the enemy’s next move and allowing it to happen because the administration is not strong enough to remain on the offense and hasn’t a true clue as to what is going on. When it does happen, the BLAME game will continue.

22 days ago
Reply to  Max

Correct! The war against terrorism isn’t over. All the various Islamic terrorist organizations are still active and now thanks to the Biden administration, they’ve been handed enough weapons and explosives to do a much better job when they do decide to strike us again. All that has truly changed is that we, as a country, have opted to ignore that the threat still exists. That doesn’t mean the threat doesn’t exist of course. It just means we’re leaving ourselves open to the threat and idiotically hoping the terrorists won’t decide to take advantage of our stupidity.

One can walk out into a busy street with oncoming traffic and ignore all the cars and trucks speeding along. That doesn’t mean you won’t be hit. It just means the person is stupid. Same principle at work with regard to the appeasement policy the Biden administration is pursuing world-wide.

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22 days ago
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21 days ago
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I expect AMAC simply disabled most of the comment section of their web site to try and purge Sara the Internet scammer from commenting. I see they failed at that, as she is back to pushing her scam.

21 days ago
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Saw the scam, maybe AMAC was trying to purge but like you stated, did no good.

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Bill on the Hill
21 days ago
Reply to  Max

Greetings Max & PaulE… We have returned… If we manage to get our country back & by that I mean soon, it conceivably could be to late…Assuming this insurgent force is stopped, i.e. removed, indicted & arrested, with appropriate executions where applicable, i.e. General Milley, John Brennan & others we will have a mess on our hands across this nation…It will require a specialized military group to round up the terrorists that are now walking in unchecked & being flown in via Qatar, compliments of JRB…Assuming we get it together in Washington, DC & completely clean house, the harm done to this nation under the current occupiers, even after they are long gone, cleaning up the aftermath of this dystopian like catastrophe will take many, many years to correct, long after I have left this earth…What this madman is doing & all of those pulling his strings is beyond words for me.
I see door to door operations coming in order to clean out the terrorist from within, this will include the local domestic variety we now have amongst us that call themselves BLM & ANTIFA. There will be a purge of all of them, that is gospel…
Bill on the Hill…

Edward Mashmann
22 days ago

As we return to normal following the COVID 19 pandemic watch for a new round of shoe bombers, underwear bombers and pressure cooker bombers. Not to mention individual COVID positive carriers spreading their wares where we gather in areas like our airports, subways, and sporting events.

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