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Taliban Openly Rejects Goals of Peace Talks

9:05 AM, Jan 13, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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How, exactly, did slaying Osama bin Laden underscore the “limited ties” between al Qaeda and the Taliban? There is no evidence this is really true, and it is based on an erroneous assumption: that the relationship between the Taliban and al Qaeda was housed almost entirely in bin Laden’s lair. The relationship did not die with bin Laden, however. The Taliban and al Qaeda have been fighting side-by-side since the mid-1990s. Importantly, key Taliban commanders such as Jalaluddin and Siraj Haqqani long ago adopted al Qaeda’s global jihadist ideology. So have other Taliban commanders.

At this point, peace talks with the Taliban are more fantasy than reality.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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