Taliban maintains shut ties with al-Qaeda, regardless of peace deal

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A United Nations report, printed on June 1, has discovered the Taliban nonetheless has shut ties with the Al-Qaeda terrorist community, regardless of the peace take care of the United States.

Under the US-Taliban deal signed in February, the Afghan authorities is meant to launch as much as 5,000 Taliban prisoners whereas the insurgents would free about 1,000 Afghan safety power personnel, as a confidence-building measure forward of formal peace talks aimed toward ending the 18-year battle.

“Relations between the Taliban, especially the Haqqani network, and [Al-Qaeda] remain close, based on friendship, a history of shared struggle, ideological sympathy and intermarriage”, the report stated, including that the Taliban “regularly consulted” with Al-Qaeda throughout negotiations with the US and “offered guarantees that it would honor their historical ties”.

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and toppled the Taliban regime, saying it had supplied a secure haven to Al-Qaeda, which carried out the 2001 terrorist assaults within the US. In the deal, the Taliban additionally dedicated to battle militant teams.

The Taliban slammed the accusations as “baseless and bigoted”. The US particular envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad downplayed the report, saying it largely coated a interval earlier than the February settlement.

On the identical day the report was issued, 7 civilians had been killed by a roadside bomb linked to the Taliban. The assault comes after authorities urged for peace talks with militants.