Doubts Surround U.S. Envoy’s Claim Of Taliban Role In IS Defeat


KABUL, -- Afghan officials and analysts have contradicted claims by Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan, that the Taliban military operations contributed to routing the Islamic State (IS) militants from a restive eastern Afghan province.


“The Taliban have not helped in defeating them [IS] or exerting pressure on them,” Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told Radio Free Afghanistan on December 4 in response to a tweet by...