KABUL: US Department of Defense in a report to US Congress said that al-Qaeda still appears to pose a threat to remaining US forces in Afghanistan through their interactions with the Taliban.
“AQ [al-Qaeda] ‘s regional affiliate, AQIS [al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent] poses a threat to US personnel and allies in Afghanistan through its continued interaction with local Taliban commanders,” the report said on Friday.
On April 7, US President Joe Biden announced full withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan by September 11.
Al-Qaeda had been degraded in Afghanistan but the terror group was still capable of targeting Americans in the region, the report added.
“AQ [Al-Qaeda]’s remaining core leaders pose a limited threat to US and coalition forces in Afghanistan because the leaders focus primarily on survival,” it said
Meanwhile, the report added that the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and its regional counterpart, al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), as well as other militant terrorist groups and organized crime networks, continue to pose a danger to Afghanistan’s peace and defense.