- President Joe Biden’s administration has warned of a potential 9/11 anniversary threat.
- Authorities said the US could face some attacks before and after the 9/11 anniversary.
- They mentioned that local and foreign terrorists use the Internet to spread violence.
US authorities warned of a possible “threat” from local and foreign terrorist groups before and after the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
In a bulletin posted Friday and cited by The Sun, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that while there is still a high level threat of local extremism in the United States, foreign terrorist groups could be motivated by the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Terrorist threat for 9/11 anniversary
The Efe news agency also reported that the Department of Homeland Security alerted on Friday about the “diverse and challenging” threat environment facing the country before and after the twentieth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 2001.
The secretary of national security, Alejandro Mayorkas, warned in a statement that the anniversary of September 11 and religious holidays could “serve as a catalyst for acts of selective violence” by local terrorists, individuals and groups involved in violence, as well as those inspired by foreign terrorists and other “evil foreign influences.”
Terrorists use the Internet to spread violent messages
According to the Efe news agency report, Mayorkas indicated that these actors increasingly use Internet forums to spread “violent extremist narratives” and promote activities of this type.
Specifically, he pointed out that Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula recently published its first issue in English in more than four years of Inspire magazine, the report from the aforementioned news agency said.
They seek to inspire internal attacks: 9/11 anniversary threat
This, in Mayorkas’s view, “demonstrates that foreign terrorist organizations are continuing their efforts to inspire US-based individuals susceptible to violent extremist influences.”
According to the secretary of national security quoted by Efe, extremist attacks with numerous victims have historically targeted places of worship, as well as crowded commercial facilities or meetings.
Reopening of religious institutions and events could provide opportunities to generate violence
Hence, he warned that the reopening of institutions, including schools, as well as the dates of religious importance that will take place in the coming months could provide opportunities for acts of violence, but clarified that “credible or imminent threats” have not yet been identified. , according to the Efe report.
In addition, Mayorkas noted that the appearance of variants of Covid-19 and the possible reestablishment of health restrictions to prevent its spread can serve as a “justification” for those interested in carrying out attacks.
Adversary disinformation campaigns: 9/11 anniversary threat
The Department of Homeland Security bulletin, titled “Summary of the Terrorist Threat to the US Homeland,” also warned of disinformation campaigns by adversaries such as Russia, China and Iran.
The media linked to the government of these countries, according to the statement, “have repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories about the origins of Covid-19 and the efficacy of vaccines; in some cases, amplifying calls for violence against people of Asian descent ”.
New review of classified documents: 9/11 anniversary threat
The Sun noted that last week, families of 9/11 victims and survivors of the attacks demanded that President Joe Biden not attend 20th anniversary commemoration events next month.
More than 1,800 people, including first responders, said the president should only attend once he orders the release of classified documents that they claim may link the Saudi government to the al Qaeda atrocity. Days later, Biden approved a “new review” of the documents related to the supposed role of Saudi Arabia in 9/11. As will be remembered, about 3,000 people died in the attacks orchestrated in 2001 by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, in Pennsylvania, reported The Sun and Efe.
Taliban seized Ghazni, the 10th city in Afghanistan
The Taliban seized Ghazni, a provincial capital near Kabul, the 10th to fall to insurgents in a week of offensive, while the United States and the NATO they were getting ready to leave Afghanistan completely after decades of war.
According to information from AP, the insurgents raised their white flags with a famous Islamic proclamation over the city of Ghazni, just 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Kabul. Sporadic fighting continued at an intelligence base and facilities military just outside the city.
Taliban in Ghazni
The Taliban posted videos and images on the Internet showing them in Ghazni, the capital of the region of the same name. Neither the Afghan security forces nor the government have responded to repeated requests for comment on the clashes.
The president, Ashraf Ghani, was trying to organize a counteroffensive based on special forces, warlord militias and the air power of the United States and NATO before his withdrawal at the end of the month.
Defense of the capital
Although the country’s capital, Kabul, had not been directly threatened by the offensive at the time, the astonishing speed of the insurgent operation raised the question of how long the government will be able to maintain control over the remaining fragments of the country.
The government could be forced to retreat to defend the capital and a few more cities while thousands of people displaced by the fighting arrived in Kabul, where they live in fields and parks, the aforementioned news agency said. For more information visit this note.
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