U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, sent President Joe Biden a letter demanding answers as to how his administration plans to rebuild lost intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities in Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan.
Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), both members of the Intelligence Committee, also signed the letter.
“Global jihadists are now experiencing their greatest propaganda success since September 11th, which will inspire jihadists celebrating the Taliban’s victory over the U.S. and motivate future terrorists,” the senators wrote. “Twenty years after 9/11, Afghanistan is once again a safe haven for terrorist groups such as al-Qa’ida and ISIS. Tragically, the Afghan people, and particularly those who served alongside our forces, encouraged civil society, and helped liberate women and girls, are doomed to suffer unspeakable brutality at the hands of the Taliban.”
“You have sought to assure the American public of a strong “over the horizon” capability to address terrorism born in Afghanistan,” the senators continued.
“Appreciating how hard it is to maintain a successful counterterrorism capability, even when you have allies and proximity, we see this assurance as illusory. The distance and lack of insight as events unfold in Afghanistan will significantly degrade our ability to counter threats posed by the extremist organizations now rushing to fill the void left by the Afghan government and security forces.”
“Over the coming days and weeks, we will be closely following intelligence assessments and plans as to how your administration will rebuild lost counterterrorism capability,” the senators concluded.
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