The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States announced on Wednesday (local time) that it is detecting strong indications that Al Qaeda is reforming in Taliban-conquered Afghanistan.
According to Intelnews.org, current intelligence reports show some prospective migration of Al Qaeda members [returning] to Afghanistan, as per Deputy Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, David Cohen.
Cohen was reported to have said
American intelligence agencies, as per Cohen, are keeping a very close eye on the matter. According to Intelnews.org, Cohen affirmed at the Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington, DC, that the shutdown of the US embassy in Kabul, as well as a network of CIA locations throughout Afghanistan, had depleted the capabilities of American intelligence agencies to evaluate the situation in the middle east.
Cohen made a point of saying that much of the insights gained in recent weeks has emanated from over-the-horizon platforms, emphasizing that it has emerged from nations neighboring Afghanistan.
According to Intelnews.org, the US intelligence community believes that it will require Al Qaeda approximately one and two years to re-establish its prior striking potential, constituting a significant menace to American interests.
The emergence of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was a large determinant in the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
With the Taliban in government once more in Afghanistan, there are concerns that Al Qaeda will reappear in the war-torn country.