During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Wray, “Are you worried about an attack on the homeland coming from places like Afghanistan?”
“We are,” Ray replied. “Especially now that we’re out, I’m concerned about the potential loss of sources and gathering (information) over there.”
Biden pledged that Zawahiri “will never again allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists, because he’s gone and we’re going to make sure nothing else happens.”
But when asked Thursday if he was surprised that Zawahiri was living in Afghanistan, Wray said he was “not surprised, but disappointed.”
Wray’s comments echo a “global alert” issued by the State Department earlier this week following Zawahiri’s death. “The State Department believes there is a greater likelihood of anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022,” the statement said.
“Current information suggests that terrorist organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in many areas around the world,” he described.
“These attacks may use a wide variety of tactics, including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings.”
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this report.