US will continue to monitor ‘any threat’ in Afghanistan, says President Joe Biden

| May 03, 2021 | Updated 9:53 am

US will continue to monitor ‘any threat’ in Afghanistan, says President Joe Biden File photo of US President Joe Biden (Source: PTI)

Washington: The US President Joe Biden on Saturday (local time) affirmed that the country will continue to monitor and tackle any threat in Afghanistan after the US troops withdraw. Biden in his speech brought up the incident when security forces in Pakistan killed the dreaded terrorist Osama Bin Laden, and said that the US will never waver from its commitment to keep American people safe.

“We will continue to monitor and disrupt any threat to us that emerges from Afghanistan. And we will work to counter terrorist threats to our homeland and our interests in cooperation with allies and partners around the world,” US President Biden said.

The US security forces on May 2, 2011 shot and killed the founder of the militant terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, in Abbottabad. He was shot in the head, during the firefight in the compound in Pakistan, where he was taking shelter. Ten years ago, when the raid took place, Biden was part of the then US President Barack Obama national security team and witnessed the raid in Situation Room.

“Ten years ago, I joined President Obama and members of our national security team, crowded into the Situation Room to watch as our military delivered long-awaited justice to Osama bin Laden. It is a moment I will never forget—the intelligence professionals who had painstakingly tracked him down; the clarity and conviction of President Obama in making the call; the courage and skill of our team on the ground. It had been almost ten years since our nation was attacked on 9/11 and we went to war in Afghanistan, pursuing al Qaeda and its leaders. We followed bin Laden to the gates of hell—and we got him,” US President Biden reminisced the day when the operation happened.

“As we bring to an end America’s longest war and draw down the last of our troops from Afghanistan, al Qaeda is greatly degraded there. But the United States will remain vigilant about the threat from terrorist groups that have metastasized around the world,” he added.

On April 15, Joe Biden had announced that the US will begin its final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on May 1 and finish its complete pullout ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Biden also said that the war in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi-generational undertaking.