US and Taliban cooperate to try to prevent more attacks in Afghanistan

Almost overnight, U.S. forces in Afghanistan have gone from being mortal enemies of Taliban insurgents to being stuck in an awkward marriage of convenience against a mutual enemy – ISIS-K – that appears bent on mounting more deadly terrorist attacks against the U.S.-led evacuation effort. 

Call it a shotgun wedding Kabul style, or one with AK-47s and American-made M4 military assault rifles that the ragtag Taliban are now carrying after their blitzkrieg takeover of Afghanistan.

It is yet another example of the old political adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But this one comes with a lot of caveats – and concerns.

One of them is that the current Taliban is chock full of former members of al-Qaida and local and regional militant groups like the Haqqani Network, which the U.S. government designated as a terrorist organization back in 2012 because of its alliances with al-Qaida.

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Recently, the Taliban brought to Kabul one of its top operatives, Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani, to head security matters there U.S. officials believe. That means American military leaders could be collaborating – perhaps closely – with a U.S.-designated “global terrorist” with who has had a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head since 2011.

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