Al-Qaeda are reportedly planning to resume the war on the US, according to reports.
Information alleges they want to resume fighting after Biden has begun his term in the White House and for the part he played in the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
A tweet by Al Emarah, the media unit of the Afghan Taliban claimed the president was one of the direct officials in the Obama administration for the death of the their previous leader.
The Taliban also warned on Friday there will be a “major war” and “dangerous escalation” if US troops don’t withdraw by May this year – as per the schedule under the Doha agreement signed under the Trump administration.
“If the Doha agreement is abrogated, it will lead to a major war, the responsibility of which shall fall squarely on the shoulders of America,” the Taliban warned.
NBC reported many Taliban officials have returned to Afghanistan for front-line duty, amid growing concerns over foreign troops under the Biden administration, according to a military source.
“Senior commanders and governors have been directed to return to their positions and attend special sessions and discussions to chalk out a future strategy,” a Taliban commander in Helmand province said.
He claimed there were ‘multiple issues’, including a “deadlock” in peace talks with the Afghan government about the future of Biden in Washington.
Researcher Ashley Jackson at the Overseas Development Institute say the Taliban would be watching and waiting and unlikely to have a grand strategy at this stage.
“It’s incredibly hard on the Taliban in Doha who obviously have guys on the ground who have never trusted the U.S. [to] … stick to the deal, and are eager to return to the battlefield because they think they can make huge gains, if not dominate the country,” she said.
There are currently around 2,500 US troops in the country, which is the lowest level since 2001.
Approximately 2,300 soldiers from the US have died in Afghanistan over the same period. Between 2001 and 2018, 58,000 Afghan military and police were killed in the violence, writes a Brown University study.