Taliban very dangerous but not a terror group: US

Written by | January 30, 2015 | 0

WASHINGTON: The US has said that the tactics adopted by the Taliban are akin to terrorism but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan unlike al-Qaeda or ISIS which have worldwide network.

Justifying its stance of dubbing the Afghan Taliban as “an armed insurgency” and fighting the group, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said American service members have given their lives fighting the Taliban because they do pose a threat to American interests inside Afghanistan.

They (the Taliban) do carry out tactics that are akin to terrorism. They do pursue terror attacks in an effort to try to advance their agenda,” he told reporters yesterday.

Earnest’s remarks came a day after his deputy Eric Schultz said, “the Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) is a terrorist group.”

The US, Earnest said, has designated the Taliban in such a way so as to put in place some financial sanctions against the leaders of that organization, in a way that’s been beneficial to its ongoing efforts against the militant group.

Now, what’s also true, is that it’s important to draw a distinction between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Taliban has resorted to terror tactics, but those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan,” he repeated.

The reason that the US is concerned about that is there obviously are a significant number of American personnel, including American military personnel, in Afghanistan that are in harm’s way, he said.



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