This blows a gaping hole in Biden’s claim the Taliban isn’t our enemy and that it’s al-Qaeda who we are in Afghanistan to fight.
A Taliban spokesman who identified himself as an “Authorized Correspondent by the Media Committee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” said that the Taliban will not renounce al Qaeda and that the terror group operates under the command of the “Military Command of the Islamic Emirate.”
The Taliban official, Abdullah al Wazir, made the statement today in response to a posting at Shumukh al Islam, a jihadist Internet forum linked to al Qaeda. Wazir was replying to a question from a forum member who thought “that by agreeing to negotiations with the United States, the Afghan Taliban has taken the ‘first step’ to abandon al Qaeda,” said the SITE Intelligence Group, which translated the statement.
“They [al Qaeda] are among the first groups and banners that pledged allegiance to the Emir of the Believers [Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban], and they operate in Afghanistan under the flag of the Islamic Emirate,” Wazir said.
“They are an example of discipline and accuracy in the execution of missions and operations entrusted to them by the Military Command of the Islamic Emirate,” Wazir continued, calling al Qaeda “lions in war.”