After the US handed Afghanistan over to the Taliban, Zawahri’s death in Kabul raises concerns about al Qaeda’s position there.

Trey Yingst, a foreign correspondent, joins “Special Report” from Jerusalem to talk about the assassination of al Qaeda founder Ayman al-Zawahiri.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Whether Afghanistan is being utilized as a base of operations for the terrorist organization is being questioned in light of the death of Al Qaeda head Ayman al Zawahri there while the nation is still under Taliban rule.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stated, “What unnerves me is that Al Zawahri felt comfortable enough being out in the open in the Kabul region after the Taliban takeover.” “There goes the Taliban’s claim that they oppose al Qaeda. This is unequivocal evidence that Afghanistan has once again turned into a refuge for foreign terrorists.”

Zawahri’s presence in the nation, according to national security analysts, indicates a problematic alliance between al Qaeda and the Taliban. The two organizations have long coexisted side by side, using strategies and philosophies that are comparable.

The Taliban and al Qaeda have been brothers, according to retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane, a former vice chief of staff of the US Army. It’s hardly unexpected that Zawahri went back to visit his family in Kabul considering that the residence he was staying in belonged to a senior Taliban official’s aide.

Usama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahri, the leader of al Qaeda (Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn/Handout via ReutersFile Photo) Img 1

An American-led drone strike over the weekend claimed the life of Zawahri. Since Usama bin Laden’s passing in July 2011, the 71-year-old al Qaeda leader had been in charge of the terrorist group.

Zawahri, a former surgeon, was identified by American intelligence as a terrorist mastermind for his role in the planning of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

President Biden declared, “We make it clear once more tonight that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will locate you and take you out.”

Since American soldiers left Afghanistan last year, the White House has only publicly acknowledged the drone strike once. During the retreat, the U.S. turned over to the Taliban air bases, jails overflowing with enemy combatants, and military hardware valued at billions of dollars.

A woman wearing a burka walks through the old market as a Taliban fighter stands guard, in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, May 8, 2022.

On May 8, 2022, a Taliban fighter stands watch as a woman wearing a burka strolls through the ancient market in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo

National security specialists are worried that the Taliban are letting al Qaeda to utilize Afghanistan as a base of operations for carrying out terrorism in light of Zawahri’s presence there.

Dan Hoffman, a former head of the CIA’s Middle East and North Africa branch, stated of Afghanistan: “Afghanistan is a petri dish producing threats to the area and beyond.” “We only learned one lesson from September 11: You can’t allow these people uncontrolled room.”

The United States and its allies should mobilize and launch an attack, Zawahri reportedly told his followers in recent weeks, according to the White House. During a prime-time speech, Biden assured the audience that Zawahri’s demise is part of an American commitment to “never again allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist” safe haven.

However, some national security specialists enquire as to whether the administration has the means available to fulfill that commitment.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahri speaks on the 11th anniversary of Usama bin Laden's death.

On the eleventh anniversary of Usama bin Laden’s passing, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahri gives a speech. (AP Photo/File: Mazhar Ali Khan)

James Jefferey, who served as US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for battling ISIS, stated that “even the American administration has only so many resources to dedicate to counterterrorism, particularly with the situation in Russia, China, and Ukraine.” There are already a number of difficulty zones in the world, but that doesn’t mean we won’t pursue al Qaeda in the future.

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