The Pentagon Friday contradicted President Biden’s assertion that al Qaeda was “gone” from Afghanistan.
“Let’s put this into perspective here,” Biden said during a press conference Friday in the East Room. “What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone?”
.@POTUS – "What interest do we have in #Afghanistan at this point with Al Qaeda gone.” A DoD IG report from Aug 17, 2021 says "the Taliban continued to maintain its relationship with al-Qaeda, providing safe haven for the terrorist group in Afghanistan." https://t.co/gdXiO8E13l pic.twitter.com/RytywJAqk0
— James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) August 20, 2021
An hour later, asked about al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said: “We know that al Qaeda is a presence as well as ISIS in Afghanistan. And we’ve talked about that for quite some time. We do not believe it is exorbitantly high, but we don’t have an exact figure for you, as I think you might understand.”
Yup, the administration continues to hum like a finely tuned engine.