House Republican warns Bagram prisoners released by Taliban could try US entry via ‘porous’ southern border
FIRST ON FOX: A prime House Republican is warning of an “urgent” terrorist menace to the United States after the Taliban’s launch of hundreds of prisoners from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, together with the ISIS-Okay suicide bomber that killed 13 U.S. service members, suggesting that these released prisoners could try to enter the nation by way of the “porous southern border,” and demanding solutions from the Biden administration on its plans to quell that menace.
Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday, warning that released prisoners could try entry to the U.S. by way of Mexico with the aim of committing terrorist assaults on the homeland.
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“I write with grave concern over the security risks posed by the release of 7,000 terrorists, including members of the Taliban, ISIS-K, and Al-Qaeda from Bagram Air Base combined with the porous southern border,” McClintock wrote. “Shortly after the president ordered the unconditional surrender of Bagram Air Base to the Taliban, Taliban forces took control and released the terrorists that had been in U.S. custody. Days later, 13 U.S. service members were murdered by a suicide bomber at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.”
Citing Fox News reporting, McClintock wrote that Biden administration officers “have confirmed that the suicide bomber ‘was a prisoner released from Bagram Air Base on August 15 after the Taliban seized control of the facility.’”
The ISIS-Okay suicide bomber who killed 13 U.S. service members outdoors of Hamid Karzai International Airport in August was a prisoner released from Bagram Air Base on Aug. 15 after the Taliban seized management of the power, officers confirmed to Fox News.
Fox News first reported that Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., the highest Republican on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, mentioned U.S. and Indian intelligence sources reported to him that the suicide bomber was one of many 7,000 prisoners housed at Bagram jail and released by the Taliban in August.
“We know that one of those terrorists exploded the bomb that killed 13 U.S. Marines on August 26, but the whereabouts of the others is unknown,” McClintock wrote. “It is possible, if not likely, that many will attempt to enter our country through Mexico with the purpose of committing similar terrorist attacks.”
The Aug. 26 suicide bombing took the lives of 13 U.S. service members – together with 11 Marines, one Navy sailor and one Army soldier. Eighteen different U.S. service members had been wounded. The bombing additionally left greater than 150 civilians useless.
“In fact, we already know that aliens found in the Terrorist Screening Database have been apprehended on the southern border this year,” McClintock wrote. “The release of thousands of terrorists back into Afghanistan and the criminal cartels’ control of human smuggling on the southwest U.S. border, mean the terrorist threat is urgent.”
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All U.S. forces had been faraway from Bagram, the most important army base in Afghanistan, in July.
The Pentagon mentioned on Aug. 27 “thousands” of ISIS-Okay prisoners had been freed by the Taliban throughout their takeover of Afghanistan within the days main as much as the bombing close to the Kabul airport.
As the Biden administration started the withdrawal of army property, provincial capitals throughout Afghanistan started to fall to the Taliban. By mid-August, the Taliban attained management of two-thirds of Afghanistan. And by the time the U.S. withdrew all U.S. troops from the nation on Aug. 31, Kabul had additionally fallen to the Taliban. In mid-August, U.S. intelligence assessments projected the capital metropolis could fall to the Taliban inside 90 days.
Meanwhile, in his letter, McClintock demanded Mayorkas present data to “help us understand the ongoing terrorism-related threats at the southwest U.S. border and how the Biden administration’s failures in Afghanistan affect border security.”
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McClintock gave Mayorkas till Oct. 28 to offer: an inventory of nations whose nationals have been encountered on the southwest border by U.S. Border Patrol throughout 2021; the variety of people from every nation; the nationalities of every particular person encountered on the border who had a Terrorist Screening Database “alert” from 2015 to 2021; and a written notification of every occasion wherein a person is encountered by DHS officers whether or not at a port of entry, or between ports of entry, and whether or not they had been beforehand imprisoned at Bagram Air Base.
DHS didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
McClintock’s letter comes because the Biden administration continues to grapple with a migrant disaster alongside the U.S. Southern border.
There had been greater than 200,000 migrant apprehensions within the months of July and August, which has fueled criticism of the administration’s rolling-back of border protections just like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – which stored migrants in Mexico as they went by way of immigration proceedings. The administration was ordered to reinstate the coverage by a federal order and has since introduced it would search to finish the coverage in keeping with the ruling.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.
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