Al-Qaeda return: Bin Laden's ex-aide returns to Afghanistan hours after US troops exit

OSAMA bin Laden’s ex-aide has returned to his home in Afghanistan just hours after American troops complete their withdrawal.

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Amin ul-Haq, a former aide to Osama bin Laden and top Al-Qaeda arms supplier, has been filmed returning to his home in Nangahar, Afghanistan. The footage of ul-Haq shows the ex-Al-Qaeda operative arriving home with an entourage of armed fighters in vehicles.

Supporters can also be seen approaching ul-Haq’s vehicle – some of whom even kissed his hand.

The ex-head of the Al-Qaeda security division Black Guard responded by waving to his admirers.

The returning Jihadi terrorist had managed to escape alongside the former Al-Qaeda leader after US forces closed in on them at the Tora Bora caves.

They evaded American special forces by bribing Afghan tribesmen before crossing the border into Pakistan.

Osama bin Laden's ex-aide returns to Afghanistan hours after US troops complete withdrawal

Osama bin Laden’s ex-aide returns to Afghanistan hours after US troops complete withdrawal (Image: PA)

Afghanistan timeline

Afghanistan timeline (Image: Express)

Despite his close relationship with bin Laden, ul-Haq avoided a lengthier stint in incarceration after his arrest in 2008 as police were reportedly unable to find hard evidence linking him to the Saudi-born terrorist.

In 2011, bin Laden was finally found by US special forces in Pakistan.

During the late-night raid on bin Laden’s bunker, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, American servicemen shot and killed the Al-Qaeda leader.

But the United Nations said ul-Haq had been “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating preparing or perpetrating of acts” for Al-Qaeda.

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After Al-Qaeda's attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in September 2001, the US suspended ul-Haq's assets.

After Al-Qaeda’s attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in September 2001, the US suspended ul-H (Image: Getty)

Taliban in Afghanistan

Taliban in Afghanistan (Image: Getty)

Ul-Haq’s return to Afghanistan comes after the UK warned the Taliban not to let the Middle Eastern nation become a hotspot for Islamic terrorism.

After Al-Qaeda’s attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon in September 2001, the US suspended ul-Haq’s assets.

Boris Johnson said: “If the new regime in Kabul wants diplomatic recognition, or to unlock the billions that are currently frozen, they will have to ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave the country, to respect the rights of women and girls, to prevent Afghanistan from, again, becoming an incubator for global terror, because that would be disastrous for Afghanistan.”

A study from the Pentagon Office’s Inspector General has stressed Al-Qaeda continues to foster a healthy relationship with Al-Qaeda.

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Bin Laden's ex-aide has returned to his home in Afghanistan just hours after American troops complete their withdrawal.

Bin Laden’s ex-aide returned to Afghanistan just hours after American troops withdraw. (Image: Getty)

“The Taliban”, the report claimed, “continued to maintain its relationship with Al-Qaeda, providing safe haven for the terrorist group in Afghanistan.”

Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne

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