NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The fast takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban is elevating bipartisan terror issues right here at house.
The concern is that if Afghanistan as soon as once more changing into a protected haven for terror teams that might strike American targets abroad, or the homeland, itself, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday.
In February 2020 an envoy despatched by President Donald Trump signed a peace take care of the Taliban. The doc was 4 pages lengthy and included a provision the Trump administration stated was key.
“Very importantly, the U.S.-Taliban settlement entails a promise from the Taliban that terrorists can by no means once more function from Afghan soil,” former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated.
Flash ahead to at present and the Taliban’s fast takeover of Afghanistan. International coverage consultants from each events are skeptical about that 2020 promise, fearing the nation will once more develop into a terror protected haven, because it was for individuals who plotted the 9/11 assaults.
“We must be aware of the elevated hazard of potential terrorist assaults on the homeland and we must always step up our efforts to combat terrorism,” Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal stated.
One main concern is the 2020 deal allowed the discharge of lots of of Taliban fighters imprisoned by the Afghan authorities.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney addressed the difficulty on CBS This Morning.
“You’ve bought prisoners that have been launched not solely which might be seemingly or will get again into the battle for the Taliban, and al-Qaida in Afghanistan, however will doubtlessly populate terrorist organizations globally. So, we’ve actually entered a really harmful new part within the battle on terror,” Cheney stated.
Over time, NYPD leaders, together with former Commissioner James O’Neill, visited Afghanistan to strengthen intelligence ties. There’s apparent concern now at One Police Plaza that the Taliban takeover complicates counter-terrorism efforts.
On Monday afternoon President Joe Biden identified, “We conduct efficient counterterrorism missions in opposition to terror teams in a number of nations the place we don’t have everlasting navy presence.”
The Taliban made a promise in 2020. The world might be watching to see whether it is saved.
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