Qatar, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban: A creepy relationship

On October 25, a spokesman for the Taliban announced that Pakistan had released Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from prison.  Baradar, the Taliban co-founder and former deputy to Mullah Mohammed Omar, was arrested by Pakistani authorities in the southern port city of Karachi in 2010. According to Al Jazeera, Pakistani authorities released Baradar at the request of the State of Qatar.  Al Jazeera reported that the "Taliban confirmed that they had held talks with US Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Doha, the capital of Qatar."  In 2013, the Taliban political office in was set up in Doha at the request of the U.S. to facilitate "peace talks." Two years after the Taliban office was established in Qatar, the head of al-Qaeda, Ayman el-Zawahiri, gave the bay'a (Islamic oath of allegiance) to Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.  Mansour was killed in 2016 by a...(Read Full Post)
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