U.S. President Joe Biden extended the state of emergency in the country for a year because of the continued threat of terrorism, the White House press office said Wednesday, Sept. 15.
According to Biden, the threat of further attacks on U.S. citizens, which led to the declaration of a national emergency on Sept. 23, 2001, has not been eliminated.
“The crisis [caused by terrorist attacks and threats of terrorism, including the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon] continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States. For this reason, I have decided that it is necessary to extend the national emergency against those who commit, threaten to commit, or support terrorism,” the American leader stressed.
In doing so, Biden extended the federal authorities’ authority to combat terrorist financing for another year.
On September 14, U.S. intelligence agencies speculated that al-Qaeda could rebuild its capacity for terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in a year or two.
At the same time, Director of U.S. National Intelligence, Cheryl Haines, named the countries with the greatest threat of terrorism. She included Yemen, Somalia, Syria and Iraq among them. At the same time, the American intelligence service did not make Afghanistan a priority, but it is going to follow closely the possibility of terrorist groups there to restore their positions.
At the same time, Haines acknowledged that due to the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Washington’s ability to collect intelligence inside the country has decreased.
On September 13, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that U.S. intelligence suggests that al-Qaeda’s capabilities have degraded so much years ago that the group is now incapable of organizing terrorist attacks abroad. However, the Americans will maintain “extreme vigilance” regarding the restoration of the terrorist group’s capabilities, as well as its ability to harm other countries outside Afghanistan.
The United States entered Afghanistan in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban regime, under which the al-Qaida leadership was based on Afghan territory.