Pentagon Spox Contradicts Biden: ‘We Know’ al Qaeda, ISIS Are Present in Afghanistan
KIRBY: "We know that al Qaeda is a presence, as well as ISIS in Afghanistan, and we've talked about that for quite some time. We do not believe it is exorbitantly high, but we don’t have an exact figure for you. As I think you might understand, Jen, it’s not like they carry identification cards and register somewhere. We don’t have a perfect picture. And our ability, our intelligence gathering ability in Afghanistan isn’t what it used to be because we aren’t there with the same numbers that we used to be."
REPORTER: "But the President just said that there is no al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan. That does not seem to be correct."
KIRBY: "What we don’t think is — what we believe is that there isn’t a presence that is significant enough to merit a threat to our homeland as there was back on 9/11, 20 years ago."