Pentagon appears to break with State Dept on Haqqani network, says there is ‘co-mingling’ with the Taliban

The network’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is deputy leader of the Taliban and his uncle Khalil Haqqani was placed in charge of security in Kabul after the militants seized the city last week.

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Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was asked by Fox News about whether the U.S. considered the Taliban and the Haqqani networkseparate entities.” Staatsafdeling. Press Secretary Ned Price had described them as such the day before when asked if the security coordination with the Taliban extended to the Haqqani network.

“Geen, it does not,” Price said on Friday. “The Taliban and the Haqqani Network are separate entities.

Op Saterdag, Kirby initially said he wasn’t going to offer a characterization of the Taliban or Haqqani. He was then pressed on the fact Haqqani is deputy leader of the Taliban and also has a $ 10 million bounty on his head.

We know that there is a certain amount of commingling here. ek bedoel, there’s a marbling, as jy wil, of Taliban and Haqqani,” hy het gesê, but said he was pushing back on the relevance of that to the evacuation out of Kabul.

Die VSA. designated the network a terror group in 2012 and has been linked to bombings and other attacksand also has ties to al Qaeda.

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The group had also attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2011 and is blamed forthe largest truck bomb ever built,” a 61,500-pound device intercepted by Afghan security forces in 2013.

The Haqqanis expose the lie that there is a line between Taliban and other jihadist groups, especially al Qaeda,” retired Lt. Genl. H.R. McMaster, a Trump-era national security adviser, vertel The Wall Street Journal Donderdag.

The Pentagon announced at a press conference that it had taken out twohigh-profileISIS-K terrorists in an air strike late Friday, coming after the terror attack on Kabul Airport on Thursday that killed 13 Amerikaanse. service members and dozens of Afghans.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz het bygedra tot hierdie verslag.

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