US National Intelligence Determines Terrorist Threat Origin

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines says the greatest threat to the US from international terrorists comes from nations such as Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Iraq,

  • Haines: Intelligence collection in Afghanistan diminished since US withdrawal
    Haines: Intelligence collection in Afghanistan diminished since US withdrawal

The greatest threat to the US from international terrorists comes from nations such as Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Iraq, with Afghanistan further down the priority list after the two-decade American troop presence ended, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said. 

This came during Haines' participation in the annual National Security Conference in Washington, adding that intelligence-gathering has diminished in Afghanistan since the US withdrawal.

Haines confirmed that the US intelligence agencies are monitoring the possible reconstruction or repositioning of terrorist groups in Afghanistan, conceding that intelligence collection inside the country has been diminished since the US withdrawal. 

It is noteworthy that US President Joe Biden said last August that his country would put economic, diplomatic, and international pressure on the ruling leaders of the Taliban to change their behavior.