The Telegraph UK reports that if we leave Afghanistan too early, Al-Qaeda will use Afghanistan as its base for another 9/11 style attack. We have apparently killed all the “slow and stupid ones,” but the real hate-filled terrorists are still waiting to launch an offensive from Afghanistan.
Telegraph: [Ryan Crocker, Ambassador to Kabul]:…“Al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan. If the West decides that 10 years in Afghanistan is too long then they will be back, and the next time it will not be New York or Washington, it will be another big Western city.”
Mr Crocker, 62, who previously served as ambassador to Iraq, said that while progress had been made, Afghanistan would need Western support for years to come.
Nato officials believe that up to 100 al-Qaeda fighters have returned to the country, based mainly in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds more are based in Pakistan and could return if circumstances were to change.
Following the shootings in Toulouse this month by an al-Qaeda-inspired gunman, British intelligence officials believe the group is planning a wave of attacks against Western targets, including the London Olympics.
Mr Crocker, who took up his post in Kabul last year, said al-Qaeda remained a potent threat despite suffering setbacks. “We have killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means the ones that are left are totally dedicated,” he said.
“We think we’ve won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that.”