FBI director Christopher Wray in senate judiciary committee hearing said he is concerned about potential attacks on the United States emanating from Afghanistan.
The FBI director was speaking to the committee on Thursday, five days after the attack on Ayman Al-Zawahiri by a US drone in Kabul.
“So we are, especially now that we're out, I'm worried about the potential loss of sources and (intelligence) collection over there."….. and I am very worried about the possibility that we will see Al-Qaeda reconstitute and ISIS-k potentially taking advantages of deteriorating security environment,” said Wray.
“We need to adjust our policies quickly to avoid another 9/11, because a broken border and a terrorist safe haven in Afghanistan are a formula for disaster, said Sen. Lindsey Graham on Twitter.
In the meantime, Secretary Antony Blinken met Qatar deputy prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulraman al-Thani on the sidelines of a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The US and Qatar foreign ministers reportedly talked about developments in the situation of Afghanistan.
“We spent a lot of time together… and I think this is evidence of very close partnership between US and Qatar on a broad range of regional and global issues. We had the opportunity to spend some time talking about a number of them, to include Afghanistan, Iran and regional issues and of course we talked about what are we doing here, in Cambodia,” said Antony Blinken.
Meanwhile, a group of Afghan women advocates urged the international community to keep supporting Afghan women’s rights. They gathered to protest in a room without revealing their faces.
“Our demands, our voice should be heard by the international community to put pressure on the Taliban so they respect the rights of women and girls,” said Khatera Ahsar, women rights activist.
This comes as the US President Joe Biden on Tuesday morning announced the death of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike in Kabul.
On Thursday, the Islamic Emirate said in a statement that it was not aware of the al-Qaeda leader’s presence in Kabul or his trip to the city.