In a letter to Congress on Thursday, US President Joe Biden stated that American military personnel continue to maintain a presence outside Afghanistan. This positioning is aimed at effectively addressing any potential threats emanating from Afghanistan.
The letter is a crucial component of President Biden’s ongoing commitment to keeping Congress informed about the deployment of combat-ready United States Armed Forces.
“United States military personnel remain postured outside Afghanistan to address threats to the United States homeland and United States interests that may arise from inside Afghanistan,” Biden wrote.
He stated that ongoing operations, conducted in collaboration with numerous international partners, have been highly effective in significantly reducing ISIS capabilities in Syria and Iraq.
Furthermore, the recent US State Department annual terrorism report confirms the continued activity of al-Qa’ida elements, ISIS, and regionally focused terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
In his letter, Joe Biden also references the deployment of the American military in the Arabian Peninsula, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, South Africa, Cuba, and the Philippines.
More than two years after the withdrawal of American forces, concerns about terrorist activities in Afghanistan persist.
Several countries, particularly in the Middle East, have repeatedly warned about the potential expansion of terrorist groups from Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of State, in its annual report from 2022 published this month, has stated that Afghanistan’s neighbors are deeply concerned about potential terrorist threats emanating from Afghanistan.
“While the Taliban committed to preventing terrorist groups from using Afghanistan to conduct attacks against the United States and its allies, its ability to prevent al-Qa’ida elements, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, and ISIS-K from mounting external operations remained unclear,” the report stated.
The department also added that despite Taliban commitments not to allow Afghanistan’s soil to be used against other countries, they continue to provide shelter to terrorist groups.