Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban just made terrorism a real threat, again

President Joe Biden told the nation on Monday that his decision to pull out of Afghanistan was, in part, predicated on the war’s original counterterrorism mission ending. But the fall of the country to the Taliban means that the FBI’s counterterrorism mission just got more challenging.

At present, the bureau is battling the rapidly growing scourge of domestic terrorism and hate-based violence across thousands of investigations, and an on-going inquiry into the violence of Jan. 6 that has so far yielded at least 600 arrests.