Joe Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan threatens American lives beyond the hundreds he abandoned behind enemy lines. Intelligence coming out of the region indicates the misguided withdrawal opened the terrorist floodgates, and ISIS-K could strike inside the U.S. in less than one year.
“I think the intelligence community currently assesses that both ISIS-K and al-Qaeda have the intent to conduct external operations, including against the United States. But neither currently has the capability to do so,” undersecretary of defense Colin Kahl reportedly said. “We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between six or 12 months. I think the current assessments by the intelligence community is that al-Qaeda would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability.”
It’s important to point out that Kahl’s narrative regarding al-Qaeda contradicts boots-on-the-ground experts in the region. The Taliban and al Qaeda are intimately intertwined and focused on establishing a ruling government, not peripheral aggression. The undersecretary’s statement syncs with the misguided attacks the Biden Administration has launched against al Qaeda since assuming office. Many believe Joe Biden is targeting the relatively weak Islamic organization because they are easy targets.
“The Taliban is wary about Afghanistan being a springboard for al Qaeda external attacks, not because the Taliban are good guys, but because they fear international retribution if that were to occur,” Kahl reportedly said.
Biden’s handlers are more likely to provoke a response from al Qaeda leaders whose numbers are too modest to buck Taliban authority. Perhaps no president other than Biden and Obama has been more wrong about Middle Eastern threats. The White House continues its failure to deal with the rising power of the active terror outfit, ISIS-K.
A faction of the ISIS operation that seized massive swaths of land across the Middle East during the Obama-Biden administration to build a brutal caliphate, ISIS-K was largely considered a relatively small offshoot of under 2,000 fighters. However, the hurried Afghanistan evacuation resulted in thousands of sympathizers and high-profile threat actors being released from prisons. Experts predict the ranks of ISIS-K could swell to more than 10,000 fighters due to Biden’s ugly surrender.
“ISIS-K sees the Taliban as just another kind of political outfit — cutting a deal with the Americans — that is ideologically not pure,” Afghanistan expert Avinash Paliwal reportedly said. “Their aim is to destabilize an already struggling regime.”
Recent reports indicate ISIS-K has infiltrated the Taliban military, carried out bombing against rivals in the region, and has yet to be held accountable for killing 13 American soldiers and 170 civilians during the Kabul airport evacuation. Orchestrating aggressions with impunity, many believe ISIS-K already threatens to wrestle the country away from the more “moderate” Taliban and al Qaeda.
“These attacks are bringing down the credibility of the Taliban government,” Kabul-based analyst Nasratullah Haqpal reportedly said. “They have been claiming for years that ‘we are the only group that can secure and bring stability to Afghanistan.’ But Daesh and their supporters are challenging this claim.”
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has mistakenly slaughtered an aid worker and his children, militants hunting ISIS cells along the Syria border, and throws salt on old wounds by assassinating aging al Qaeda leaders. It’s as if every policy decision Joe Biden and his handlers make puts Americans in harm’s way.