Representative Jim Banks joined America’s Newsroom on Tuesday to share concerns over ISIS uprising after America hits Afghanistan withdrawal deadline, predicting US troops will have to return to fight terrorists . Banks, R-Ind., Criticized the Biden administration, targeting Pentagon spokesman John Kirby for downplaying concerns about US military equipment left in the hands of the Taliban.
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REPRESENTING. JIM BANKS: We are now witnessing the rise of ISIS for the second time before our eyes. By the way, Lloyd Austin was the general who oversaw the rise of ISIS when they withdrew from Iraq. Now he is the Secretary of Defense who is once again overseeing the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan. And it’s not a threat we didn’t know about. I mean, as a member of the Armed Services Committee and returning to Afghanistan as a member of Congress, we have been briefed several times on the ISIS-K threat in Afghanistan. This administration knew it was going to happen.
They knew that if you returned control to the Taliban, it would allow a safe haven and environment where ISIS-K would rise up and pose a direct threat to the homeland, the United States of America. The generals told us that ISIS is not necessarily only interested in the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. They want to attack the United States of America. This is their plan. And the Biden administration gives them a safe haven, the ability to rise up and represent that threat again. And that’s why what Admiral Kirby said was so surprisingly silly when he explained that these weapons are not lethal weapons that we left behind. We have left behind weapons and ammunition, thousands of military vehicles, night vision goggles, all of these weapons will be used against the Americans when we are forced to go back and eradicate the threat of ISIS again. .
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