The Taliban government in Afghanistan used a comment made by US President Joe Biden to support their argument that there is no Al-Qaeda threat in the country.
On Friday, after a press conference about the US Supreme Court’s decision to block his student debt relief program, Biden was approached by a reporter who asked if he acknowledged any mistakes made during the withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021.
“No, no. According to a transcript from the White House, he responded by saying, “All the evidence is coming back.”
Do you recall what I mentioned about Afghanistan? I mentioned that al Qaeda wouldn’t be present. I mentioned that it wouldn’t be there. I mentioned that we would receive assistance from the Taliban. What is currently happening? Hey, what’s happening? Please take a look at your press coverage. I knew it.
I’m wondering about this question because there was a report released on Friday that said US officials faced challenges during the mass evacuations from Afghanistan in 2021. The report mentioned that there were issues with decision-making, crisis management, and public messaging, which made the situation more difficult.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken ordered what is known as the After Action Review in response to the widespread anger and chaos witnessed in Kabul when the Taliban took over after the US military’s 20-year presence came to an end.
The Afghan ministry of foreign affairs reacted to Biden’s comment over the weekend.
The ministry said in a statement that they view President Joe Biden’s remarks about the absence of armed groups in Afghanistan as an acknowledgment of reality.
The statement disagrees with the recent report from the UN Sanctions Monitoring Team, which claimed that there are more than twenty armed groups in Afghanistan.
According to a UN report released in May, there were indications that armed groups like Al-Qaeda were in the process of rebuilding within the country.
According to the statement, there is a strong and symbiotic connection between the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Under the Taliban’s de facto authorities, various terrorist groups now have more freedom to operate. They are effectively utilizing this, and the risk of terrorism is increasing in both Afghanistan and the surrounding area.”
The Taliban rulers of Afghanistan claim that they do not permit any armed groups to use their country’s territory for planning attacks against other nations. They also deny the presence of Al-Qaeda.
They haven’t mentioned anything about the US drone strike in central Kabul last year that reportedly killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. They state that investigations into the incident are still ongoing.