Former CIA director predicts future domestic terrorist attacks from al Qaeda
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Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta warned Sunday that the withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan could pave the way for future...
attacks on the United States if al Qaeda reforms under the new Taliban regime.

Panetta, who served under former President Barack Obama, alluded to a recent interview in which a spokesman for the Taliban denied any evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

"And if that is the case, then it's clear to me that they're going to continue to support al Qaeda and allow al Qaeda to basically continue to develop and expand," he told Greta Van Susteren in an interview. "And I think they will plan additional attacks on our country, as well as elsewhere."

As the Taliban began naming their Cabinet this week, the group selected Sirajuddin Haqqani, an FBI-wanted militant, as the acting interior minister. The FBI alleges that Haqqani participated in a 2008 Kabul hotel attack in which six people died, also accusing him of attempting to assassinate former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Kaelan Deese
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