Is another Operation Northwoods type of attack in the works?
Reports have just broke out declaring CIA Director William Burns traveled to Afghanistan and held a private meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar.
Biden was the one who called for Burns to make the trip to Afghanistan and it’s believed that the reason behind the visit was to discuss the possibility of extending the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan past the August 31st deadline.
It appears the Biden administration is already recognizing the Taliban as a legitimate government body due to the fact the director of the CIA himself made the visit to Afghanistan.
SCOOP: CIA Director Bill Burns held a secret meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday, the highest-level face-to-face encounter between the Taliban and Biden administration since the militants seized the Afghan capital 1/ https://t.co/gwGXGpdLWS
— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) August 24, 2021
CIA Director William Burns held a secret meeting with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday https://t.co/wA0vcLGK9h
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 24, 2021
Reuters covered the story and shared these details:
U.S. President Joe Biden sent CIA Director William Burns to meet Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on Monday in the highest level official encounter since the militant group took over the Afghan capital, a U.S. official and a source familiar with government activity told Reuters on Tuesday.
Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Biden administration has been evacuating U.S. citizens and other allies amid chaos at Kabul airport ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline to pull out of Afghanistan. read more
The Washington Post, citing U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, first reported the meeting.
The White House and a CIA representative declined to comment. A Taliban spokesman said he was not aware if Baradar met the CIA chief.
BREAKING: CIA director visited Kabul this week for secret talks with the Talibanhttps://t.co/Qd6JfzcLAa
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 24, 2021
CNN got the scoop too:
CIA Director William J. Burns met face-to-face with the top Taliban leader in Kabul on Monday, according to two US officials, as the US continues airlifting American citizens and its Afghan allies out of Afghanistan by a looming August 31 deadline.
The Biden administration has been in regular contact with Taliban officials throughout the course of the evacuation process, both on the ground in Afghanistan and in Doha, Qatar.
But the covert meeting, first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post, between Burns and Taliban co-founder and deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar amounts to the highest-level direct exchange of views since the militant group took control of the capital, a US official briefed on the matter told CNN.
The meeting also underscores the view inside the administration that they need a clearer understanding of where the Taliban stands on several issues as the clock ticks towards the August 31 deadline to withdraw troops from the country, the official said.
Two days before Burn’s shady trip to Afghanistan, Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken went live on air and was asked if the U.S. needs to ask the Taliban permission in order to rescue U.S. citizens outside of Kabul and this was his response:
In an interview with CBS's Face the Nation, State Sec. Antony Blinken admits the Biden administration has to ask the Taliban permission to evacuate American citizens from Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/k8hSUMDpGL
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) August 22, 2021