Lindsey Graham Argues Drone Strike Reveals Al-Qaida, Taliban Working Together

Responding to the U.S. drone strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahri, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that the terrorist leader’s suspicious location when he was taken out proves that al-Qaida is still working with the Taliban.

During an appearance on Newsmax’s “Eric Bolling: The Balance” on Thursday,” the South Carolina senator discussed how the location of al-Zawahri’s safe house in Afghanistan could create a significant national security risk to the United States, which conducted a disastrous withdrawal from the country last year at the direction of President Joe Biden.

According to Graham, Al-Zawahri “was in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, living in a house built by the United States government, owned by the No. 2 guy in the Taliban government. If that doesn’t give you pause for concern, I don’t know what will.”

“The idea that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are friendly and working together again is absolutely proved positive from this strike,” the senator added.

Graham went on to criticize statements from the Taliban-controlled Afghan government in which they claimed they “didn’t know” al-Zawahri was in the country, describing them as “a bunch of liars, thugs and radical Islamists.”

“Do you believe they didn’t know the al-Qaeda leader was living in a house — built by the United States government, by the way — owned by [Sirajuddin] Haqqani, the No. 2 guy in the Taliban government?” he asked. “Of course, they know.”

The South Carolina Republican then expressed his main concern with the renewed relationship between the two terror organizations, stating that “al-Qaida training camps are popping up all over Afghanistan” similar to what happened before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“When you hear [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas say, ‘We have the border secure,’ that’s about as reliable as when you hear the Taliban say they didn’t know al-Zawahri was in Kabul,” Graham asserted.

Biden announced al-Zawahri’s death in a video released the day after the drone strike.

Following the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration claimed that the threat had been taken care of. The president himself claimed that “Al Qaeda was decimated,” according to a tweet from Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro. Now that al-Zawahri was found in Kabul, it appears that Biden’s claim was not true.