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Biden says al Qaeda is ‘decimated.’ Is that true?

President Joe Biden stated Tuesday that al Qaeda has been decimated in Afghanistan, after referring to the terrorist group as “gone” in a press release final week, prompting pushback from some international coverage specialists who say the other is the case. 

“We delivered justice to bin Laden on Might 2nd, 2011, over a decade in the past. Al-Qaeda was decimated,” Biden stated Tuesday throughout his first deal with to the nation since the US accomplished its army withdrawal from the nation. “We succeeded in what we got down to do in Afghanistan over a decade in the past, and we stayed for one more decade. It was time to finish this battle.”

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Invoice Roggio, Senior Fellow on the non-profit Basis for Protection of Democracies and editor of Lengthy Conflict Journal, stated Biden’s rivalry that al Qaeda had been crushed in Afghanistan was a “lie.”

“It’s the identical outdated standard, they’ve accomplished this, they’ve stated this with a purpose to justify their withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Roggio advised Fox Information, including that the narrative of downplaying al Qaeda’s presence within the area has been parroted by the final three administrations with a purpose to sway public assist to withdraw.

“It is a traditional instance of politicization of intelligence,” Roggio added. “The coverage required withdrawal. To be able to justify the coverage, you needed to manipulate the intelligence to permit the coverage to have legs.”

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Roggio stated that information on the bottom don’t match the president’s rosy evaluation of al Qaeda’s decline and cited a latest report that an al Qaeda operative who served as Osama bin Laden’s safety chief was escorted by means of Afghanistan by a Taliban convoy.

“That ought to inform you all the things you must know concerning the present state of the connection and the long run,” Roggio stated.

Roggio stated on Twitter, and confirmed to Fox Information, that the official estimates of what number of al Qaeda operatives are in Afghanistan are probably far decrease than the precise quantity. 

Roggio additionally dismissed the “narrative being put out” that working with al Qaeda will not be within the Taliban’s greatest curiosity. 

“Who’re these individuals to say?” Roggio requested. “Solely the Taliban is aware of what’s within the Taliban’s curiosity. I’ll inform you what’s within the Taliban’s curiosity. Supporting individuals who supported it.”

Rep. Ronny Jackson, a Texas Republican congressman and former Navy rear admiral who served in Iraq, agreed with Roggio’s evaluation that al Qaeda will not be decimated in Afghanistan, because the Biden administration has claimed.

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“The Taliban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Does it actually matter what we name these killers?” Jackson advised Fox Information. “They’re all animals from the identical household who share a deep hatred for the American individuals and our lifestyle. Intelligence backed up by latest video proof demonstrates that each one three of those terrorist teams are alive and nicely in Afghanistan.”

American Enterprise Institute Fellow Marc Thiessen additionally pushed again in opposition to Biden’s feedback on al Qaeda’s standing. “Decimated actually means decreased by one-tenth,” He tweeted. “The reality is there are extra al Qaeda in Afghanistan than earlier than 9/11.”

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Roggio advised Fox Information that he doesn’t anticipate anybody in authorities being held accountable for the mismanagement and intelligence failures associated to the Afghanistan withdrawal except Congress will get concerned.

“I can’t stress this sufficient,” Roggio stated. “These individuals have stood there and lied to us time and time once more on these points when it comes to al Qaeda-Taliban relations, al Qaeda’s power, and so forth. If Congress doesn’t become involved they’ll stand there and deceive us once more.”

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