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US Intelligence Agencies Deny al Qaeda’s Ability to Attack United States Via Afghanistan

The US intelligence agencies have concluded in a new intelligence assessment report that al Qaeda has not reconstituted its presence in Afghanistan since the US withdrawal last August and that only a handful of longtime al Qaeda members remain in the country.

The assessment said that the al Qaeda group does not have the ability to launch attacks from Afghanistan against the United States.

But several counterterrorism analysts consider that the spy agencies’ judgments represented an optimistic snapshot of a complex and fast-moving terrorist landscape.

“Zawahri was the leader of al Qaeda, so his being protected by the Taliban while he provided more active guidance to the group was in of itself reconstitution,” Asfandyar Mir, a senior expert at the United States Institute of Peace.

“The assessment is substantially accurate, but it’s also the most positive outlook on a threat picture that is still quite fluid,” said Edmund Fitton-Brown, a former top UN counterterrorism official.

This assessment was made while the US killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, in the Sherpur area of Kabul in late July.

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Source: Hasht-e Subh Daily

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