A high-ranking US general has warned that the United States could now face an increase in terrorist threats from Afghanistan under the leadership of the Taliban, this warning comes at a time when the intelligence agencies concerned with anticipating these threats are confronted.
Less than a week after a military assessment predicted that Kabul could be surrounded by insurgents within 30 days, the world on Sunday watched astonishing scenes of Taliban standing in the Afghan presidential palace and crowds of Afghans and foreigners trying to board planes to leave the country.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told senators in a briefing that US officials are expected to change their previous assessments of the pace of return of terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
In June, senior Pentagon commanders said that an extremist group like al-Qaeda could re-emerge in Afghanistan and pose a threat to US soil within two years of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Two decades after the US invasion, experts say the Taliban and al-Qaeda are still aligned, and other violent groups may find safe haven under the new regime. Based on the new situation, officials now believe that terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda may be able to grow faster than expected, according to the source, who declined to be identified but is privy to the briefings firsthand.
Biden administration officials said US intelligence agencies are working to shape a new timeline based on the new threats.