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The Russians want them on their side; so do the Chinese and the Iranians. The Taliban, whom the Americans and British have spent 15 years trying to defeat, are now increasingly in demand as valued allies by international powers.

The reason Moscow wants to work with the Taliban – many of them sons of the Mujaheddin, against whom Russian forces had fought a bloody, decade-long war – is that the Afghan militants are engaged in a bitter struggle against Isis for jihadist supremacy in Afghanistan.

Continue reading:  World powers seek unlikely alliance with Taliban as ‘interests coincide’ in battle against shared enemy Isis

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2 thoughts on “World powers seek unlikely alliance with Taliban as ‘interests coincide’ in battle against shared enemy Isis

  1. From the article:

    “Iran supplied the Americans with valuable information about Taliban strategic positions in the run-up to the 2001 invasion; their reward was to be called part of the ‘axis of evil’, along with North Korea and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, by George W Bush.

    Now the Americans are working alongside Iran in Iraq against a common enemy. The war against Isis, Iranian officials point out, now necessitates a most unlikely alliance of convenience.”

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