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Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan | ABC News
Source: ABC News (MBC via AP)

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan | ABC News

The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil, yet, Jihad, or holy war, and a shared history continue to bind the two militant groups.  The al-Qaida leadership still vows allegiance to Taliban chief Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada, and al-Qaida has been growing stronger in recent years. The group has overcome setbacks from the establishment of a rival Islamic State affiliate in eastern Afghanistan and from U.S. drone strikes that had reduced its numbers.

“There is no discernible evidence of a break or disjuncture between al-Qaida and the Taliban,” Mir said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Instead, at least parts of the Afghan Taliban, such as the Haqqani Network, and al-Qaida continue to actively collaborate.”

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/jihad-history-link-taliban-al-qaida-afghanistan-65657901

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