Special Operations Command: Taliban aren't counterterrorism partners in Afghanistan

Special Operations Command: Taliban aren't counterterrorism partners in Afghanistan
A U.S. Special Forces Soldier, attached to Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, relays the situation report, to his chain of command via radio during an operation in the Ghorak district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 12, 2016. Photo credit Army/Sgt. Connor Mendez

Following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August, the only semblance of government remaining there is the Taliban. But the Taliban are not partners in defeating terrorism there, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said.

"I don't see them as a partner — I'll just be frank," Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said Friday at the annual Halifax International Security Forum event in Nova Scotia, Canada. "I think we have an interest from the U.S. perspective that the ISIS threat that is in Afghanistan is disrupted, that it can't roost so that it could actually affect one of our nations. But I wouldn't, as we look at the Taliban, I don't think they're an entity, today, that should be ... a counterterrorism partner."

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