U.S. President Joe Biden said that the terrorist threat to the country in 20 years has spread around the world. The statement is quoted in a letter published Tuesday, June 8, on the White House website.
“Over the past 20 years, the terrorist threat to the United States has become more dispersed around the world. It no longer makes sense. Concentrating thousands of troops in Afghanistan no longer makes sense as a counterterrorism strategy as the threat comes from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Our focus and posture must adapt accordingly,” Biden said.
According to him, U.S. troops “arrived in Afghanistan in 2001 with a clear and just objective: to apprehend those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, to root out the terrorist group Al Qaeda (banned in Russia) and to prevent future attacks on the United States from Afghanistan.”
He is confident that the U.S. has long achieved its goals in Afghanistan. According to him, the terrorist threat from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan has decreased significantly. However, as troops are withdrawn, the U.S. “will not lose sight of the terrorist threat from Afghanistan.”
Biden said he intends to improve the national strategy to monitor and address terrorist threats from either side. The U.S. leader said the U.S. will withdraw from military involvement in Afghanistan “responsibly, knowingly and safely, in full coordination with its allies and partners.”
On June 2, the U.S. government offered a $7 million reward for providing information about Abu Ubaida Yusuf al-Anabi, the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist group in the Islamic Maghreb.
U.S. authorities designated al-Anabi a global terrorist in 2015. In February 2021, he was placed on the U.N. sanctions list.
On May 23, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said the U.S. faces threats of terrorism, cyberweapons and a coronavirus pandemic during his speech to cadets at America’s West Point Military Academy.
On May 8, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that the U.S. had joined in eliminating terrorist and violent extremist content on the Internet.