FBI Director says withdrawal from Afghanistan could provide "safe haven" for terrorist groups

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FBI director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could lead to the region becoming "a safe haven" for terrorist groups again.

What he's saying: "We are, of course, concerned that there will be an opportunity for a safe haven to be re-created there, which is certainly something we’ve seen in the past," Wray said during a House Homeland Security Committee briefing.

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  • "We are also concerned that the events that the events there could serve as a catalyst or inspiration for terrorists," Wray added.

  • "Most importantly we [are] concerned that foreign terrorist organizations will be able to reconstitute, plot, inspire in a space that is much harder for us to collect intelligence and operate against than was the case previously," Wray added.

Driving the news: The Biden administration has said it can still gather intelligence and conduct strikes in Afghanistan with an "over-the-horizon" strategy.

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