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The US and the Taliban are moving towards an alliance against ISIS


The Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation), which has embarked on a course of image "rebranding" in the eyes of the international community, seeks to eliminate a strong obstacle in the face of militants who have sworn allegiance to the structures of the Islamic State (* ISIS is banned in the Russian Federation). Practically the same goals are pursued in Washington: success in the fight against terrorists for US President Joe Biden would be of great help in the context of the unfolding criticism of the Afghan "fiasco". The State Department is already giving tentative signals that the United States intends to support the new Kabul authorities. Although the whole world remembers the mortal enmity with the Taliban after the September 11 events.

If there is a joint action by the United States and the Taliban, then it will be within the framework of a tactical "alliance of convenience." It is possible that Washington has recently been considering the best form of presentation of such a possible alliance. Perhaps that is why cautious attempts are being made in the media to analyze all the pros and cons of the public "friendship" of the two recent sworn enemies.

The starting point here can be the situation with the terrorist attacks in Kabul at the completion of the withdrawal of American troops. The jihadist radical wing of ISIS was blamed for the deaths of 13 American soldiers, after which US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin made it clear in one of his comments that the Pentagon was in dialogue with the Taliban - albeit on a "narrow range of issues." And the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark A. Milli, did not directly deny the possible prospect of joint actions with the Taliban if it becomes necessary to enter into an open confrontation with the militants of the so-called Islamic State of Khorasan Province (Isis-K).

According to unofficial data, the Taliban transmitted intelligence data to the Americans from dronesreceived near Jalalabad and Kabul. The Taliban from time to time organize single attacks on terrorist positions, being forced to disperse their efforts on several fronts. In addition to ISIS, we have to deal closely with the problem of the Panjshir Valley: this region is still controlled by opportunists who categorically disagree with the fact of the military coup in Kabul.

Versions about the possibility of effective consultations and the exchange of operational information between the United States and the Taliban have been voiced repeatedly at a high expert level. So, the name of Farana Jeffrey is called - this is the deputy director of the department for combating terrorism in South Asia at the analytical center "Islamic Theology of Combating Terrorism" (ITCT, UK). A similar view was recently expressed by Michael Kugelman, senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for South Asia at the Washington Center.

The idea of ​​the US collaborating with an organization that has been killing their soldiers for nearly two decades is definitely distasteful. But then again, interests are usually more important than morality in international relations ... The US will cooperate with the Taliban if they believe it can best advance their interests in reducing the ISIS-K threat

- summed up the analyst.

US-Taliban engagement in operations against ISIS radicals did not start overnight: the first signs of a convergence of interests surfaced several years ago when the Taliban launched a series of successful attacks in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan. At the same time, simultaneously with the Taliban, coordinated maneuvers were carried out by local militias and units of the Afghan army. Ultimately, this helped to squeeze the ISIS members out of Nangarhar and Kunar - although there are only speculations about the possible contribution of American intelligence to the defeat of the terrorists.

However, in defining its full functionality and role in Afghan operations, the Pentagon will first have to coordinate the supply of information within its own ranks. At an August 26 briefing on the Kabul attacks, US Central Command Chief Kenneth "Frank" Mackenzie actually duplicated his earlier claims that the Taliban were receiving "limited support" from the Americans. At the same time, it was emphasized that information was shared in a metered manner, far from everything.

After such revelations, Joe Biden was forced to recall the usual phrases that the United States is guided by considerations of security and the observance of national interests, using all possible options in the fight against international terrorism. Cooperation with the Taliban is possible - provided it is beneficial to the United States.

It remains to determine the position and come to a common opinion within the immediate leadership in the Taliban. Public recognition in cooperation with the Americans is unlikely to help the Taliban qualitatively improve their international image, but it will instantly backfire in relations with China, in whose direction poorly camouflaged compliments sounded from Kabul. Beijing has not yet directly advertised any general ties or projects with the Taliban. However, few people doubt that the Celestial Empire has its own interests in Afghanistan. This means that sooner or later both the Taliban and Washington will have to take into account the presence of the "Chinese factor" in their plans. The last one in particular.
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Official website of the US Department of Defense

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  1. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 3 September 2021 17: 24
    It is possible that Washington has recently been considering the best form of presenting such a possible alliance.
    It is possible that there was an agreement between the Taliban and the United States to support the Taliban in the "fight against IGTL," even before the withdrawal of NATO troops.
    1. newcomer
      newcomer 3 September 2021 18: 11
      For some reason, I'm not surprised. laughing .
      1. hrych
        hrych 3 September 2021 22: 07
        That's it, Panjshir is captured. Masudik escaped. Therefore, one may wonder wassat
        1. newcomer
          newcomer 3 September 2021 23: 12
          Soon very soon.
          1. tihonmarine
            tihonmarine 4 September 2021 08: 16
            Quote: newbie
            Soon very soon.

            I also think it’s not long to wait.
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          1. LiSiCyn
            LiSiCyn 4 September 2021 00: 19
            TgK "B ... (censor) - Fly". laughing
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            2. LiSiCyn
              LiSiCyn 4 September 2021 00: 24
              Everyone is calm. We lay out the situation in Panjshir on the shelves. Yesterday, the Taliban promised to launch an operation and completely clear out the rebellious province. In order to make their ultimatum look more convincing, they blocked the access of any aid, including humanitarian aid, to the rebellious gorge. They also cut off the light, mobile communications and the Internet.

              Early in the morning, the Taliban threw their reserves into battle. Terrorists are actively using armored vehicles. Old Soviet tanks suppressed the firing positions of the Panjshir defenders. During the day, the Taliban definitely managed to capture two districts of Paryan and Shutal.

              By evening, information about the complete capture of the rebellious gorge was leaked to the media. Demonic Afghans all over the country began firing from all trunks into the air. Here it was already necessary to clarify the situation to the Taliban officials. Zabihullah Mujahid called on all Taliban supporters to stop shooting as civilians are suffering. The propagandists on social networks began to upset their supporters and declared that the militants had serious successes, and God forbid, they would finish the purge in the near future.

              In the capital of Panjshir, supporters of the Northern Alliance 2.0 held a night demonstration under the national Afghan flags. It is obvious that the capital has not yet been captured by the Taliban. However, clashes continue at night. Terrorists managed to hit another hummer. They actively use thermal imagers and night vision devices, this gives a significant advantage over the enemy at night.

              There is an active debate on the network about whether Amrullah Saleh left Afghanistan. There is no reliable evidence of its location yet. His interview against the backdrop of a bookcase could have been filmed even in Antarctica.

              In short, the battles are still going on. The situation will clear up in the morning. We will wait for news from the battlefields.
              1. LiSiCyn
                LiSiCyn 4 September 2021 01: 55
                TgC "Sputnik Afghanistan"
                The Taliban have already announced the seizure of the Shotol region more than once, and not twice. There is no convincing evidence of their control over this area. Our source denies this data.

                The Pariyan area has definitely not been captured. The Anjuman Pass is in the hands of the Resistance Front. The Taliban (movement is prohibited in the Russian Federation) have not even fully returned Karan-o-Manjan in Badakhshan.

                Amrullah Saleh remains in Panjshir. There are new photos of him. At the same time, perhaps, he really visits Tajikistan, he has connections there for sure. But not for the purpose of escape.

                We will try to understand what is happening in the future.
    2. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 3 September 2021 22: 22
      Quote: tihonmarine
      It is possible that there was an agreement between the Taliban and the United States to support the Taliban in the "fight against IGTL," even before the withdrawal of NATO troops.

      They huddled this topic a couple of years ago at the negotiations in Doha, when one of the conditions for the withdrawal of the American contingent, the United States put forward the requirement that the Taliban should take responsibility for the fight against other terrorist organizations, meaning, first of all, Al-Qaeda. and ensure that they (other terrorists) do not carry out their activities on the territory of Afghanistan. Although the Taliban still much earlier considered the Ishiloids to be the same occupiers as the Americans. Here, ventilating this topic and using the death of their military personnel as an excuse, the mattresses apparently want to leave at least some opportunity for contact with the bearded, with the aim of expanding them in the future, when the wave dies down.
  2. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 3 September 2021 17: 24
    The US and the Taliban are moving towards an alliance against ISIS
    That is why Al Qaeda is going to fight with the Taliban in Pansher, is the United States allowed? feel
  3. knn54
    knn54 3 September 2021 17: 27
    It is absurd to take Iblis as allies in the fight against the genies.
    1. Gunther
      Gunther 3 September 2021 18: 45
      here the question is which of these "coming towards" Iblis, rather both are shaitanslaughing
  4. Far
    Far 3 September 2021 17: 27
    I feel Russia has become more active in Afghanistan, but so far on the quiet and the Taliban have not just arrived in Moscow for nothing (remember the screeching of the United States and our Liberators?)
    There are good trophies left after the flight of the Yankees .. Useful!
    I think something was conceived by our and Afghan comrades and spirits ...
    1. alch3mist
      alch3mist 3 September 2021 17: 49
      I think that our and Afghan comrades and spirits have conceived something

      Affectionate calf of two mothers sucks. To restore the economy, it is always beneficial to be friends with Russia, and for military-terrorist activities, it is more profitable to cooperate with mattresses and their lackeys.
      1. isv000
        isv000 4 September 2021 17: 00
        Quote: alch3mist
        Affectionate calf of two mothers sucks.

        Play on two fronts - you can suck on two folders ... lol
  5. Vladimir Vladimirovich Vorontsov
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Vorontsov 3 September 2021 17: 36
    The US * and the Taliban * are moving towards an alliance against ISIS * ...
  6. From Tomsk
    From Tomsk 3 September 2021 17: 36
    Terrorism is also a business. Nothing personal.
  7. ja-ja-vw
    ja-ja-vw 3 September 2021 18: 12
    The US and the Taliban are moving towards an alliance against ISIS


    but the farmers believed the USA
    To celebrate, the Taliban (banned in the Russian Federation) decided with the help of military equipment abandoned by the Americans, namely a Black Hawk helicopter, to hang in a noose and ride around the country, presumably a translator, who collaborated with the USA.

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  8. Gunther
    Gunther 3 September 2021 18: 41
    "go to a meeting"wassat
    there were two loneliness - Taliban terrorists with terrorist mattresses, the sizes of course are not comparable, but the methods are the same.
    1. isv000
      isv000 4 September 2021 16: 57
      Quote: Gunter
      two loneliness met - Taliban terrorists with terrorist mattresses

      The little son came to his father and asked the little one: is it good to live without a poppy or is it bad? laughing
  9. General failure
    General failure 3 September 2021 18: 51
    Something I do not see the invasion of scallops, which two months ago, when the Taliban visited Moscow to negotiate, shouted, splashing saliva, "No way to talk with the tyranrists, cococo!"
  10. orionvitt
    orionvitt 3 September 2021 20: 06
    The US and the Taliban are moving towards an alliance
    That's it, the end of the Taliban. Once we began to cooperate with the United States, write it was gone. laughing
  11. Victor Tsenin
    Victor Tsenin 3 September 2021 20: 09
    You are writing some nonsense, the Taliban, as the most successful enterprise, is more successful than the Houthis and Hezbollah and the alliance with the United States to suppress the local Khorasan gadyushnik. Are you getting paid for letters and lines?
  12. Nadrub
    Nadrub 3 September 2021 20: 47
    All fell Pandsher….
    1. LiSiCyn
      LiSiCyn 3 September 2021 21: 10
      Quote: Truth
      All fell Pandsher….

      No confirmation yet ...
      Taliban spokesman Yusuf Ahmadi clarified the Panjshir situation. The province has not yet been captured, the situation is in the process of being taken under control. At what stage he did not specify the process of taking. It is reported about the capture of two districts (Paryan and Shutal) and negotiations on the surrender of others. Saleh tweets that he hasn't escaped anywhere. In general, tomorrow morning we are waiting for vidos from both sides.
      1. Nadrub
        Nadrub 3 September 2021 21: 18
        If a tree cracked when it falls, it's just a matter of time…. and the nearest
        1. LiSiCyn
          LiSiCyn 3 September 2021 21: 29
          One of the leaders of the resistance in Panjshir, Vice President of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh denied to the Afghan TV channel the information that the Taliban had seized the province. He made a video message in which he claims that the fighting continues ...
          Most likely they will take it, but not today ... wink
  13. riwas
    riwas 4 September 2021 06: 49
    The Taliban occasionally organize sporadic attacks on terrorist positions

    Well, this is an imitation of a struggle, so far nothing serious has happened. But China comes to Afghanistan in earnest and for a long time. The guarantee is financial support for the Taliban and not interference in its affairs.
  14. SKVichyakow
    SKVichyakow 4 September 2021 08: 17
    ... Part of the ISIS leadership was taken from Syria to Afghanistan, apparently for its revitalization and distribution. Before that, the Taliban were bred, then they "fought" with them, conditionally, of course. Now they unite with the Taliban, against whom they somehow fought, and begin an "action of struggle" against the Ishilovites, who were previously protected. In short, they are up to something again.
    1. isv000
      isv000 4 September 2021 16: 50
      Quote: SKVichyakow
      It looks like whatever the child is amused with, as long as it does not sit silently. In short, they are up to something again.

      Were they not going to arrange a Syrian version for the Persians? In Baluchistan, it’s not calm anyway, they do not recognize the power of either Iran or Pakistan, it’s time to push with a shoulder, give money to the sheikhs or whoever throws it in there. To play on the passions, ISIS members should be evacuated there from Idlib until they are disposed of. And the Taliban will be like a detachment. So they will start stirring up Iran with the Baluchis. Quite a working option for striped ... hi
      1. SKVichyakow
        SKVichyakow 4 September 2021 18: 53
        It was not for nothing that ISIS members were brought to the north of Afghanistan. And here Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China are closer.
  15. isv000
    isv000 4 September 2021 16: 37
    The US and the Taliban are moving towards an alliance against ISIS

    The father had two sons. And he decided to go to meet one in order to strangle the other, so what? .. fool