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Taliban maintain links with Al-Qaeda: Pentagon

Taliban maintain links with Al-Qaeda: Pentagon

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Jul 02, 2020 - 11:47

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Pentagon has accused the Talibaninfo-icon of continuing to maintain links with Al-Qaeda elements even after signing the Feb. 29 peace deal with the US.

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent supported and worked with low-level Taliban members to undermine the Afghan government, the Defense Department said in a report on Wednesday.

The terror outfit maintains an enduring interest in attacking US forces and Western targets in the region, according to the congressionally-mandated report/

"Despite recent progress in the peace process, AQIS maintains close ties to the Taliban in Afghanistaninfo-icon, likely for protection and training," CNN reported, citing the report.

The Pentagon claimed Russia had been actively working with the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan to expedite the withdrawal of US troops from the country.

"As of February, the Russian government was working with the central government, regional countries and the Taliban to gain increased influence in Afghanistan, expedite a U.S. military withdrawal, and address security challenges that might arise from a withdrawal," the report said.

Since the Trump administration's signing of the peace agreement in Doha, the Taliban increased violence levels above historical norms, targeting Afghan military and police convoys and outposts, the report said.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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