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As part of the 2020 US-Taliban * peace agreement, the militant group pledged not to “allow any of its members, other individuals or groups, including al-Qaeda *, to use Afghan soil to threaten the security of the United States. States and its allies “.
Amin ul-Haq, a former security chief of assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, reportedly reappeared in Afghanistan hours before the end of the withdrawal of US troops from the country.
A video surfaced on Monday allegedly showing Amin ul-Haq, one of Al Qaeda’s main arms suppliers, returning to his hometown in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Neither the Pentagon nor the State Department have yet commented on the matter.
Former Osama bin Laden security aide and QA arms supplier / facilitator Amin-ul-Haq returns to his hometown after 2 decades on the run, 2 weeks after the Taliban took control.
Don’t be surprised if al Qaeda appoints an Afghan as the next leader after Zawahiri.pic.twitter.com/cYUcwBVIl6
– Hassan I. Hassan (@hxhassan) August 30, 2021
In the footage, an SUV carrying what looks like ul-Haq is seen passing through a checkpoint amid a small crowd of apparent admirers.
At one point, the car stops and Al Qaeda’s main associate rolls down the window before the men take turns grabbing and kissing Ul-Haq’s hand. The SUV is then followed by a convoy of vehicles carrying armed militants, some flying the Taliban flag.
The video emerged after US President Joe Biden argued earlier this month that al Qaeda had “left” Afghanistan. In an apparent sign of contradiction, the president’s remarks were followed by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, declaring that al-Qaeda’s presence in the region is not “large enough to warrant a threat to our country. homeland ”compared to the terrorist group’s figures in 2001.
Ul-Haq was the security coordinator for the Osama bin Laden Black Guard in the early 2000s, when the world’s most wanted terrorist occupied the Tora Bora cave complex in eastern Afghanistan.
© AP Photo / RAHIMULLAH YOUSAFZAI
In this December 24, 1998 file photo, al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden speaks to a select group of journalists in the mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
The two reportedly escaped together when US forces attacked the compound at the time, and Ul-Haq was detained in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008. Three years later, however, he was released because officials Pakistani could not have proven his ties to others. Qaeda, according to US media.
On May 2, 2011, US special forces attacked an al-Qaeda compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing the world’s most infamous terrorist as part of Operation Neptune Spear.
The raid came nearly 10 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda on the United States, which claimed the lives of at least 2,977 people and injured 6,000 others. The September 11 attacks led Washington to declare war on terrorism and the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
* The Taliban and al-Qaeda are banned terrorist groups in Russia and many other countries.