UPDATED 10:01 AM PT – Sunday, September 12, 2021
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned the Taliban was likely to harbor foreign terrorists and advised the Intelligence community to be on guard. In an interview on Saturday, the former CIA chief said the same Taliban, which took over Afghanistan, was in control on September 11, 20 years ago.
Panetta pointed out some of the leaders today were leaders then and noted they have already appointed a global terrorist as their interior minister. He said there was no question al-Qaeda would find safe haven in Afghanistan and ISIS would continue to develop.
He went on to explain, “I think it’s going to be very important for the military and for our Intelligence to be able to keep track of how these terrorists develop, and to be able to identify potential targets if we have to conduct counterterrorism operations against those who threaten our country.”
Panetta went on to commend the men and women in uniform for their service in the past 20 years and said they protected the country from seeing another terrorist attack during that time.
20 years ago, terrorists tried to destroy the American spirit.
We will never forget the souls we lost. The heroism of first responders. And the Flight 93 passengers who fought back.
America owes it to them to stand up to evil and never yield to those still trying to destroy us.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 11, 2021