Rep. Turner says al Qaeda leader's presence in Kabul proves Biden lied about US withdrawal from Afghanistan

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FIRST ON FOX: The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee accused President Biden of deceiving Congress and the American public by diminishing the threat that al Qaeda posed to Afghanistan when withdrawing U. S. troops last year.

Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, told Fox News Digital that the killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri proved Biden was disingenuous when he argued previously that there was no reason for the U. S. to remain in Afghanistan.

"The president was not being truthful," said Turner. "Now, as they try to take a victory lap for their actions of killing Zawahri in Afghanistan, they're having to admit that his presence in Afghanistan is evidence that al Qaeda has a foothold and a presence and a relationship with the Taliban."

Biden argued last year that America's "forever war" in Afghanistan had run its course. The president repeatedly stressed that the initial reason for the war, to combat al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, had been achieved.

"What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point, with al Qaeda gone," Biden said in August 2021, when defending his decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. "We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as – as well as – getting Osama bin Laden. And we did."

Republicans have long argued that the White House botched the U. S. exit from Afghanistan. They say that Biden undercut the legitimacy of the prior Afghan government by withdrawing troops and abandoning billions in military hardware to the Taliban.

Now GOP lawmakers say that Zawahri's presence in Kabul at the time of his death shatters Biden's rationale for leaving Afghanistan. Turner told Fox News Digital that the White House disproved its own theory.

"The president and the White House by their own actions have disproved their own theory as to the basis that they used for pulling out of Afghanistan," said Turner. "Biden was being disingenuous in stating that al Qaeda was gone and then [by] diminishing the overall characterization of the threat to the United States."... (Read more)