Aug 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House: U.S. doesn't see terror threat to homeland from groups in Afghanistan

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing Tuesday that the U.S. does not believe any terrorist group in Afghanistan has the capability to attack the homeland.

Why it matters: President Biden earlier Tuesday defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, despite worries that the country could become a hotbed for terrorism.

  • "I simply do not believe that the safety and security of America is enhanced by continuing to deploy thousands of American troops and sending billions of dollars," Biden said during an address from the White House.
  • "We will maintain the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries. We just don't need to fight a ground war to do it," he said.

The bottom line: "We do not assess that any terrorist group on the ground [in Afghanistan] has the capability to attack the homeland of the United States," Psaki said during the briefing.

  • "It is incumbent upon the president [and] the national security team to prevent that from ever being the case," she added.
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