Lo and behold, Taliban takes hardline stance that they will not work with US to contain ISIS-K

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On Saturday, the Taliban took a hard stance against cooperating with the United States to limit extremist groups’ activities in Afghanistan.

The announcement comes ahead of the first meeting, scheduled for this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar, between the Taliban and U.S. since the chaotic withdrawal of American troops from the middle eastern country that ended a 20-year American military presence in the country.

The talks are planned to include discussions on evacuations of the largely unknown number of Americans and Afghans trying to escape the now Taliban-controlled country, the Associated Press reported.

Despite numerous reports indicating the Taliban are terrorizing those trying to evacuate the country, Taliban officials signaled they may be willing to be more flexible on evacuation efforts.

However, Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, indicated that they would not be flexible on reigning in extremist groups.

“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen said, according to the AP.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for IS, a group that claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that took the lives of nearly 50 Shiite Muslims as they worshiped and prayed in a mosque on Friday.

The news prompted a swath of responses feigning shock at the revelation that the terrorist organization would not cooperate in reigning in terrorism.

The United States does not formally recognize the Taliban’s rule of the country and is unlikely to do so in the near future, indicating that the meeting was not setting the stage for official recognition of their newfound rein.

The group now running Afghanistan is so bad that even a top Biden official lamented that the people in power included, “individuals on terrorist lists.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) provided more clarity, calling the new government officials a “lineup of thugs and butchers,” according to Politico.

The recent attack on Shiite Muslims by the Uyghur Muslim suicide bomber prompted clerics to demand better protection in their mosques. For decades Uyghur Muslims have been able to seek refuge near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program, at The Wilson Center, believes the bombing could be foreshadowing additional attacks and indicate the Taliban’s desire to gain support from China.

“If the [IS] claim is true, China’s concerns about terrorism in (Afghanistan)—to which the Taliban claims to be receptive—will increase,”

A U.S. official indicated that one of the focuses of the meeting would be to hold the Taliban’s feet to the fire concerning the evacuations they committed to support.

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