AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN

AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN

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AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN

 -Al Qaeda is suspected to be forming ties with the Taliban

-The group targets U.S

-U.S set to review its counter terrorism plan in Afghanistan

AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN

A top defense official in Afghanistan has warned that the dreaded Al Qaeda terrorist group is still present and poses a big threat in the country.

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Fighters of the Al Qaeda terror group

The warnings of Al Qaeda’s resurgence come as Afghanistan faces perhaps the most significant summer fighting season in decades, with government security forces facing huge internal challenges, the Taliban both gaining ground and building links to Al Qaeda, and ISIS increasing its footprint in the country.

According to CNN, acting Defense Minister Masoom Stanikzai said that Al Qaeda were keeping a low profile but expanding.

“They are really very active. They are working in quiet and reorganizing themselves and preparing themselves for bigger attacks,” he reportedly said. He added that they are presently supporting other terrorist groups in the country, and taking their time to gain ground and rebuild their terror cells before they start striking.

AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN

The recent discovery and destruction of an Al Qaeda training camp in Kandahar province by U.S troops affirms their presence in the country.

A top U.S military officials who admitted in the previous evaluation of the group by the U.S announces the U.S government would be reviewing their counter terrorism method in Afghanistan. He warned the group’s core focus was still attacking the West.

“They are not in thousands , but clearly in remote parts of Afghanistan there are Al Qaeda leaders we’re concerned about and what they’re capable of doing.”

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U.S. officials said the number of core Al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan could be as high as 300, but that number does include other facilitators and sympathizers in their network.

It has also been gathered that the resurgent Al Qaeda in Afghanistan is linked to the al Qaeda terror group in the Indian subcontinent. Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent has not previously been associated much with Afghanistan.

The discovery of any presence of them in the country raises concerns Afghanistan is once again becoming a safe haven for international terrorist networks whose main focus is attacks outside Afghanistan, including the West.

Stanikzai, a top Afghanistan Military official, according to the CNN, also expressed concern over growing ties between Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The Afghan militant group was thought to have regretted its decision to harbour Osama bin Laden before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, because it led the U.S. to launch a war to remove them from power.Top military officials in Afghanistan have also expressed fear that Al Qaeda is forming a close tie with the Taliban terror group.

Yet since Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour became leader in mid-2015, the group has grown closer to al Qaeda. The Taliban’s current deputy commander, Siraj Haqqani, is the head of the feared Haqqani militant network and al Qaeda’s top facilitator in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials.

“They need the fighters, they need the support and they need recruitment from other places, and this is why (the Taliban) embrace them.”

U.S. General John Campbell, former commander in Afghanistan, has referred to a “renewed partnership between the two groups. Buchanan said the relationship has since “grown stronger.”

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This burgeoning partnership poses a problem for any attempt by the U.S. and Afghan governments to negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban.

According to the Cable News Network, official U.S. policy is that the militant group must renounce international terrorism before any talks begin. Yet analysts fear the opposite is occurring, with the Taliban-al Qaeda relationship only growing stronger.

AL QAEDA RESURFACES IN AFGHANISTAN