A video posted Monday, Aug. 30 on Twitter by Newlines Magazine founder and editor-in-chief Hassan I. Hassan is causing much concern worldwide.
In the video, Amin ul-Haq, once a close associate of Osama Bin Laden, receives a “warm” welcome upon his return to his hometown in Afghanistan after 20 years in exile due to the U.S. presence on Afghan soil.
According to Hassan, Ul-Haq supplied many weapons to the Al Qaeda terrorist group and was Bin Laden’s security aide.
The video purports to show a group of people welcoming him and approaching the vehicle in which Ul-Haq was traveling, kissing his hand and taking pictures with him.
The vehicle is also being followed by other cars carrying heavily armed people and several carrying Taliban flags.
Hassan says in his post that it would be no surprise if Al Qaeda names an Afghan as its new leader and adds that the Taliban never promised Trump to kick out Al Qaeda associates, only implicitly to prevent them from doing anything against the West.
Daily Mail asked the Pentagon about Ul-Haq’s return to Afghanistan, but they replied that they do not comment on intelligence matters.
Bin Laden’s former collaborator has been on the U.S. Treasury’s global terrorist list since 2001 and is also sanctioned by the U.K. and the UN.
According to NBC, Ul-Haq and Bin Laden escaped when U.S. forces attacked the Tora Bora cave complex.
Former U.S. State Department coordinator Nathan Sales told the New York Times that Al Qaeda would make Afghanistan a safe haven and use it to plan terrorist attacks in the United States and the rest of the world.
In turn, the UN made a report in June, estimating that as many as 500 Al Qaeda affiliates and most were outside Afghanistan.
This video only adds to the concern that Americans have about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
According to a recent poll, most feel less safe than they did before the 9/11 terrorist attack.
This survey of 1,000 people conducted August 22-23 by Rasmussen shows the fear generated in the American people by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Fifty-one percent of respondents think the United States is no safer today than before the September 11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, 41% more than two years ago.
In turn, 34% think the U.S. is safer, down 7% from 41% in 2019, and 14% are unsure of what they think.
Regarding whether the war on terror is being won by the U.S. and its allies or is being won by terrorists, the same trend can be seen.
Forty-one percent believe that the war on terrorism is being won by the terrorists themselves, versus 32% who believe that the United States and its allies are winning it.
On the other hand, 19% think no one is winning it, and 9% are unsure.