The Taliban need help to break their al-Qaida ties Michael Semple The west should offer the pragmatic wing of the Taliban an alternative to al-Qaida’s armed struggle
Now the Taliban does not rely on al-Qaeda nor does it need al-Qaeda’s support for its insurgency. Al-Qaeda gains more from the relationship, not least of all a role in the insurgency in Afghanistan and an alternative to the Islamic State that it can promote to discredit its former ally.
Western intelligence officials estimate that there are less than 100 al-Qaida-linked fighters in Afghanistan, and last year the United Nations split its sanctions list to separate the Taliban and
“Our intelligence indicates the relationship between the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda was between Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden, not the organizations,” said one U.S. military official in Kabul.
Aminullah’s ties with al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadist groups has been established nearly a decade ago. It is no surprise that at least one of his deputies (Maulawi Inayatullah) provides support for al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadist groups. The Taliban is seeded with leaders such as Aminullah and Inayatullah, whose ties with al Qaeda run deep.
The Taliban leadership knows it paid a heavy price — its regime — for its unwillingness to part ways with al Qaeda. The Taliban leaders have also noted that al Qaeda has lost appeal among the locals and realizes that if they do not change, they could be sidelined by more pragmatic elements.
In my opinion, the controversy over the continuation or termination of al Qaeda’s and Taliban’s strategic ties in Afghanistan, as well as the allegation of a quarrel between al Qaeda and Hayat
The absence of Taliban commentary on al-Qaida led apologists for the Taliban to argue they had abandoned al-Qaida and were just Afghan nationalists or Pashtun warriors fighting a foreign occupation.
The death of Osama bin Laden is expected to spark debate within the Afghan Taliban about their ties to al-Qaida, a union the U.S. insists must end if the Afghan insurgents want to talk peace. less
Their relationship has evolved over time, so it hasn’t remained static, as often portrayed in the media. The Taliban, contrary to popular perception, also did not invite Osama Bin Laden to Afghanistan.
Osama bin Laden’s death is likely to revive a debate within the Afghan Taliban about their ties to al-Qaida – a union the U.S. insists must end if the insurgents want to talk peace.
May 20, 2011 · The exact nature of the Taliban’s relationship with al-Qaeda following the September 11 attacks remains unclear. In May 2011, U.S. forces staged a raid on a safe house in Pakistan where bin Laden was believed to be hiding.