KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban yesterday rejected co-operation with the United States to defeat extremist groups in Afghanistan, noting a key issue before the first direct talks between the two former enemies after the withdrawal of US troops from the country. Took a conciliatory stance. In august.
Officials on both sides said they would address issues such as ways to control extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign nationals and Afghans from the country. The Taliban are already flexible when it comes to leaving the country.
However, the group’s political spokesman, Sohail Shaheen, said there would be no co-operation with Washington after the Islamic State group’s increasingly active accession to Afghanistan.
The militant militia claimed responsibility for a series of suicide bombings on Friday, including the killing of 80 Shia Muslims and injuring dozens during Friday prayers at a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz.
“We can stop ISIS freely,” Shaheen said when asked.
ISIL has carried out a series of attacks on the country’s Shiite minority since its emergence in eastern Afghanistan in 2014. The militia is also considered the biggest threat to the United States because of its ability to organize attacks against US targets.