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UK Intel Chief: Taliban’s Afghan Victory Has Emboldened Terrorists Worldwide

UK Intel Chief: Taliban’s Afghan Victory Has Emboldened Terrorists Worldwide

The MI5 director general: Taliban’s takeover to have “inspirational effect” on terrorist groups in the West.

The triumph of the Taliban has emboldened jihadi terror groups across the world and make large-scale terrorist attacks more likely in the near future, the head of British intelligence said. 

The Taliban takeover will have an “immediate inspirational effect” on Islamic terrorist groups in the West and may result in “well-developed, sophisticated plots of the sort that we faced in 9/11 and the years thereafter,” MI5 chief Ken McCallum disclosed in an interview to the BBC on Saturday. 

British intelligence fears that a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan may offer a base of operation to international terrorists as had happened in the years running up to the 9/11 attack, the spy chief said. Between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan provided safe haven and training ground to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda and several other foreign Islamic terrorist groups.

The BBC reported intel chief’s alarming remarks:

Director general Ken McCallum (…) warned that the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban was likely to have “emboldened” UK terrorists.

The terror threat would not change overnight but there could be a “morale boost” for extremists, he said. “The terrorist threat to the UK, I am sorry to say, is a real and enduring thing.”

“Of course there are likely to be terrorist attacks on UK soil on my watch,” he said, saying MI5 works as hard as it can to stop them happening but “to our horror, we know that won’t be possible on every single occasion”.

The head of the security service added that MI5 had “saved thousands of lives across the last 20 years” but it “cannot always succeed”. (…)

“There is no doubt that events in Afghanistan will have heartened and emboldened some of those extremists and so being vigilant to precisely those kinds of risks is what my organisation is focused on along with a range of other threats,” he said.

But there is still also a risk of an increase in larger plots directed by terrorism groups like al-Qaeda, he warned.

“The big concern flowing from Afghanistan alongside the immediate inspirational effect is the risk that terrorists reconstitute and once again pose us more in the way of well-developed, sophisticated plots of the sort that we faced in 9/11 and the years thereafter,” Mr McCallum said.

The fears expressed by the MI5 chief are well-founded in the reality unfolding in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, the Taliban announced a new government stacked with the members of the previous al Qaeda-linked regime. 

The Taliban police and security services will be controlled by the newly-appointed Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $10 million bounty on his head. 

Sirajuddin belongs to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit that carried out deadly attacks against the U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan. “The Haqqanis are considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting US, Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” a report by the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center disclosed. The jihadi network is also responsible for the abduction and the subsequent release of U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

The news of the Taliban’s takeover has been welcomed by terrorist groups waging jihad against Israel and India. The head of Gaza-based jihadi group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, congratulated the Taliban for their ‘victory’ against their common foe, the United States. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group also issued a statement welcoming the return of the Taliban reign in Afghanistan. 

Despite the recent assurances given be Taliban leadership, the Islamist militia has apparently not severed ties with al Qaeda or other terrorist groups. When Taliban fighters captured Kabul, they freed around 10,000 convicted and battle-hardened terrorists from the Afghan national prison and from the nearby Bagram detention center. The terrorists released from these prisons include high-profile members of the al Qaeda and Islamic State. 

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Whitewall | September 12, 2021 at 10:13 am

Deliberate sell out by China’s viceroy in the White House.


 
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2smartforlibs | September 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

Why is it only liberals never saw the is coming?


     
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    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to 2smartforlibs. | September 12, 2021 at 11:21 am

    What makes you think they never saw this coming. The liberal elite in Washington D.C. knew full well what the terrorist response would be when they handed Afghanistan back to the taliban terrorists. But they simply didn’t care and still don’t care. Why? Because it isn’t going to be them that suffers for their incompetent handling of the situation. It will be the ordinary person on the street that suffers. Ten here, Twenty there. A couple hundred somewhere else. But you can be doubly damned sure that the liberal ruling elite will be safe. Guaranteed. So please don’t assume “liberals” never saw this coming. They did. They just don’t care.


       
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      Arminius in reply to Lucifer Morningstar. | September 12, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      They didn’t just see it coming. They were hoping for it. 9/11 gave us the TSA. Imagine the internal security measures the anti-American left will impose on their common enemies when their newly reached, enriched, replenished allies pull off the next one.

      Remember Saragarhi.

      https://www.gstimes.in/battle-of-saragarhis-124th-anniversary/

      I disagree. The Communists who ran the war effort really believed that the people of Afghanistan would reject Islam in favor of woke intersectionality. Our self-anointed moral and intellectual betters are absolutely 100% convinced they are never wrong, and that they represent the forces of Reason, Science and Progress. Anyone who tried to warn the Pentagon and the State Department that their deranged scheme to turn Afghanistan into a desert version of San Francisco’s Castro District was certain to fail were demonized as just a bunch of stupid Islamophobic bigots.


         
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        henrybowman in reply to Recovering Lutheran. | September 12, 2021 at 5:39 pm

        I lost the link to the video in which the chirpy little reporter-ette asks a group of Afghanis in all seriousness whether their reforms would ensure that women would occupy the ranks of doctors, lawyers, and the highest government officers, and the Afghanis, unable any longer to keep the laughter in, tell the cameraman to turn off the camera.
        Does anybody have it?

As it was 21 years ago, Afghanistan will again be a meeting and training place for jihadists, now with more supplies and equipment they could have dreamed about in 2000.

Looks like the Terrorists won.

We are $2 Trillion poorer and they are $80+ billion richer.
We lost 6,000 dead = about 3,000 on 9/11 and another roughly 3,000 in Afghanistan not to mention 20,000+ injured.

We have severe restrictions on our liberties from the Patriot Act and other so-called “temporary” measures meant to “keep us safe” but really have become permanent feature in our surveillance state.

I remember people saying “we can’t let the terrorists win.” Well, we did. We are our own worst enemy. Our joke of a President and Sec of State are more focused on the fact that the new Taliban government is not “inclusive”. Idiotic does not begin to describe what is happening now in American and to Americans.


     
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    John C in reply to Ben Kent. | September 12, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Thousands more have died from the recovery effort, Cancers, heart disease, strokes, immune diseases, COPD etcetera. More have now died from the recovery effort than died from the initial attacks.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/syracuse-u-professor-9-11-was-an-attack-on-the-heteropatriarchal-capitalistic-systems/

This is Joe Biden’s base. The mental illness and rabid hatreds she’s display are shared by her entire tribe. They really do hate us and the this country. Remember how the Chinese at the Anchorage “summit” berated Biden’s reps using mainstream dem talking points? Biden’s reps sat there silently and took it. What else.would they do? The CHICOMs were saying what they think themselves. Remember how Biden’s choice for UN ambassador said white supremacy and racism are woven into our founding documents? She wasn’t an outlier. If you visit the National Archives they have signs with trigger warnings by the Constitution and Declaration of Independence displays saying the exact same thing.

Never forget. Everyone in this illegitimate administration, almost all Dem congress critters, indeed the entire left hates you and wants you dead.


 
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henrybowman | September 12, 2021 at 5:41 pm

British intelligence: “Taliban’s Victory Has Emboldened Terrorists Worldwide”

John Bull, don’t forget to thank Joe Biden — the grift that keeps on giving.

It boggles the mind, but the science is settled:

1-Joe Biden is a treasonous, corrupt psychopath.
2-Red China is calling the shots.

And, now, the goose-stepping, global Muslim terrorist-thug cabal has been gifted ~$100 billion in sophisticated, U.S.-manufactured, U.S. taxpayer-funded weaponry and materiel with which to commit new attacks, genocides and assorted atrocities/barbarism, against non-Muslims, worldwide — courtesy of Xi-den and the terrorism enabling/rationalizing/excusing/enabling Dhimmi-crats. The blood of the thousands of inevitable victims will be on the hands of the vile Dhimmi-crats.


     
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    Arminius in reply to guyjones. | September 13, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Not just the global Islamic terrorist threat. China. The value of the equipment the traitor Biden left in Afghanistan far exceeds what the taxpayers actually were fleeced to acquire it. The technology was priceless. We had a priceless technological edge in a host of warfare competencies. Now the PRC has it (I don’t know of course what exactly the insurgents currently infesting the WH left but it at least includes NVGs and would have to include ISR-related equipment, but anything really sensitive won’t be publicly revealed).

    Also it was very kind of Biden to give the Chinese a turnkey airbase at Bagram. I’m sure the CCP will richly reward the traitor also known as the “the Big Guy” per his bagman/son Hunter’s emails.

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