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USA: Pompeo says under 200 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan03:21

USA: Pompeo says under 200 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan

United States, Washington DC
September 15, 2020 at 18:27 GMT -00:00 · Published

US Secretary of State Pompeo said there was "fewer than two hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan today," while speaking at a virtual think tank event from Washington DC on Tuesday.

The Taliban agreed to no longer harbour foreign militant groups, like al-Qaeda and Islamic State, as part of a February deal ahead of peace talks with the Afghan government.

Pompeo also commented on recent allegations that Iran is planning to attack US targets in revenge for the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, as he responded to questions from Atlantic Council President John Kempe.

"The Iranians didn't need an action by the United States to conduct assassination campaigns around the world. This has been their model for forty years," he stressed.

The secretary of state returned as well to a frequent target, attacking China over allegations of human rights violations and industrial espionage.

"I think the world will come to recognise that's not the right path, and you will see Western technologies that are verifiable, trustworthy, and transparent come to dominate the telecommunications markets," commented Pompeo, in reference to US efforts to characterise Chinese telecoms companies, like Huawei, as security threats.

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US Secretary of State Pompeo said there was "fewer than two hundred al-Qaeda left in Afghanistan today," while speaking at a virtual think tank event from Washington DC on Tuesday.

The Taliban agreed to no longer harbour foreign militant groups, like al-Qaeda and Islamic State, as part of a February deal ahead of peace talks with the Afghan government.

Pompeo also commented on recent allegations that Iran is planning to attack US targets in revenge for the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, as he responded to questions from Atlantic Council President John Kempe.

"The Iranians didn't need an action by the United States to conduct assassination campaigns around the world. This has been their model for forty years," he stressed.

The secretary of state returned as well to a frequent target, attacking China over allegations of human rights violations and industrial espionage.

"I think the world will come to recognise that's not the right path, and you will see Western technologies that are verifiable, trustworthy, and transparent come to dominate the telecommunications markets," commented Pompeo, in reference to US efforts to characterise Chinese telecoms companies, like Huawei, as security threats.

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