While we're continually being told al Qaeda and the Taliban are not working together in Afghanistan, Al Jazeera and al Qaeda continue to tell us differently. Last week Coalition forces and the Afghan army teamed up to kill Ghulam Yahya Akbari, a Taliban commander, in the western province of Herat. Akbari has been behind the rising violence in Herat and is known to have sheltered al Qaeda fighters.
Here is what the Al Jazeera reporter said in this piece on Akbari's death:
"When we first met Akbari in 2008, we saw Arab fighters among his men."
And here is what Akbari said in the 2008 interview on al Qaeda:
"Arabs come and stay with us from time to time, but they don't stay here, they move to provinces like Kandahar and Helmand. They stay on the front lines."