Former acting CIA director: Taliban's win in Afghanistan, US exit 'absolutely inspired jihadists'

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Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell said jihadists were “absolutely inspired” by the Taliban’s victory in the Afghanistan war and the U.S.’s exit from the country.

“I think that the Taliban winning the war in Afghanistan, and then the way our exit happened, has absolutely inspired jihadists all over the world,” Morell told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“The Taliban is saying, we just didn't defeat the United States, we defeated NATO. We defeated the world's greatest military power, ever. So there's a celebration going on,” he added.

Morell, who served as acting CIA director twice between 2011 and 2013, said he believes jihadists will now “flow back” into Afghanistan and make the country “more dangerous than other spots on the planet.”

“I think, not only will the jihadists be inspired, but a lot of them are going to come to Afghanistan to be part of the celebration, to be part of jihadist central,” he said.

“So after 9/11 they all scattered from Afghanistan. I think we're going to see a flow back in and that's one of the things that make... (Read more)

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