US asks Taliban to prevent al-Qaeda from rising in Afghanistan

The US defense secretary warned of the risk of terrorist groups resurgence in Afghanistan, saying Washington hoped the Taliban would prevent this from happening.

“The international community is watching what happens and whether al-Qaeda is likely to have a resurgence in Afghanistan. The essence of al-Qaeda and IS-K is to find a place to grow and rise, even Afghanistan. , Somalia or any other unregulated place. The US has informed the Taliban that we expect them not to let this happen,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said yesterday, after wrapping up a four-day visit. days to the Bay Area.

The head of the Pentagon said the US is capable of responding to threats, ready to act to prevent extremist groups from operating in Afghanistan again.

Minister Austin held a press conference in Qatar on September 7.  Photo: AFP.

Minister Austin held a press conference in Qatar on September 7. Photo: AFP.

The Taliban allowed al-Qaeda to operate in Afghanistan from 1996-2001. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the US launched a military operation to overthrow the Taliban after the group refused to hand over al-Qaeda leaders. The terrorist group’s operational capabilities have declined significantly in the 20 years since the US war in Afghanistan, but many questions have been raised after the Taliban returned to power.

The administration of former President Donald Trump signed an agreement with the Taliban in February 2020, which included the provision that the group would prevent al-Qaeda from using Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies. However, many US officials believe that the Taliban still maintain ties with al-Qaeda and cause concern in many countries in the region.

Vu Anh (Follow Hill)

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