Afghan Officials Claim Taliban Aligning With al-Qaeda, Jaish e-Mohammad

Generals emphasize growing number of Taliban-involved attacks

Afghan military officials are playing up the growing number of Taliban attacks in border provinces, something the Pentagon had similarly claimed. They are adding a detail, claiming that the Taliban are fighting alongside al-Qaeda and Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM).

Though the Taliban had past ties to al-Qaeda, they were never directly reported to be aligned with JeM. The US-Taliban peace deal obliged the Taliban to sever all ties to al-Qaeda, and these contacts could be interpreted, if true, as a violation.

The US is already treating the putative increase in attacks as a violation, and Afghan officials who are not keen to see the peace deal survive are probably counting on that in these latest claims, hoping this will add to the growing mistrust.

The Taliban hasn’t responded to these claims, though they’ve been fighting with the Afghan government over its failure to deliver prisoner releases promised in the peace deal, and have faulted the US for not doing more about that.



Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.