Taliban Say They Won’t Work With US To Contain Islamic State

The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with United States on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan, NEWS can exclusively report.

Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country.

Islamic State group in Afghanistan has taken responsibility for a number of recent bomb attacks.

“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen said.

IS is also seen as the terror group that poses the greatest threat to the United States for its potential to stage attacks on American targets.

The weekend meetings in Doha are the first since U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August, ending a 20-year military presence as the Taliban overran the country.

The U.S. has made it clear the talks are not a preamble to recognition.