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Former CIA director warns botched Afghanistan withdrawal could pave way for Al Qaeda attacks on US soil

Added 09-12-21 04:17:02pm EST - “Leon Panetta, who served as CIA director and Defense secretary in the Obama administration, warned Sunday that Al Qaeda could launch future attacks on American soil because the Taliban again control Afghanistan.What did Panetta say?Speaking…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Former CIA director warns botched Afghanistan withdrawal could pave way for Al Qaeda attacks on US soil”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Leon Panetta, who served as CIA director and Defense secretary in the Obama administration, warned Sunday that Al Qaeda could launch future attacks on American soil because the Taliban again control Afghanistan.

Speaking with Greta Van Susteren, Panetta said the Taliban that re-took control of Afghanistan "is pretty much the same Taliban that controlled Afghanistan on 9/11," which means Al Qaeda will likely reorganize under the protection of the Taliban.

"I just see terrorism becoming a renewed threat to the United States, and I'm not sure that you can get a lot done when you're dealing essentially with an adversary whose primary interest, the primary interest of terrorists, is to attack Americans and kill Americans," Panetta said.

In fact, Panetta explained he has zero doubts Al Qaeda will exploit the botched U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover to launch future attacks against America.

"There was a recent interview by one of the spokesman for the Taliban, where he was asked about bin Laden's role in 9/11, and he had the gall to say that he has not seen any evidence that [Osama] bin Laden was involved in the 9/11 attack," Panetta said. "And if that is the case, then it's clear to me that they're going to continue to support Al Qaeda, and allow Al Qaeda to basically continue to develop and expand. And I think they will plan additional attacks on our country, as well as elsewhere."

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