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No Al-Qaeda presence in Afghanistan: Taliban

No Al-Qaeda presence in Afghanistan: Taliban

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Jun 13, 2020 - 09:00

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Rejecting the CENTCOM commander’s claim, the Talibaninfo-icon have vehemently denied the presence of Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Earlier in the week, the US general suggested foreign fighters linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network were still operating in Afghanistan.

Gen. Kenneth Franklin McKenzie believed the Taliban might not be able to live up to the commitments they had held out in the February peace pact with the United States.

He doubted Taliban’s capability to cut ties with Al-Qaeda, saying he would not recommend a full withdrawal of the US troops unless the Taliban demonstrated that they no longer aided Al-Qaeda.

In response, the Taliban said in a statement the Arab fighters, who once lived under Al-Qaeda’s flag during their rule of Afghanistan, were no longer present in the country.

The Taliban insisted they would stay committed to their agreement with the US and that they would not let anyone use Afghanistan’s soil against American interests.

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