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Following The Killing Of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, US Officials Meet With Taliban Leaders For The First Time

On Saturday, top US officials meet with the Taliban for the first time since the US murdered al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in his residence in Kabul in late July. According to CNN, the Taliban sent a delegation led by their head of intelligence, Abdul Haq Wasiq, to the Qatari capital of Doha for talks with a delegation from the Biden administration. The Biden administration also sent the deputy director of the CIA and the person in charge of Afghanistan to the State Department.

Author:Suleman Shah
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Oct 09, 2022
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On Saturday, top US officials meet with the Talibanfor the first time since the US murdered al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in his residence in Kabul in late July.
According to CNN, the Taliban sent a delegation led by their head of intelligence, Abdul Haq Wasiq, to the Qatari capital of Doha for talks with a delegation from the Biden administration. The Biden administration also sent the deputy director of the CIA and the person in charge of Afghanistan to the State Department.
U.S. officials said that the Taliban's decision to keep protecting Zawahiri after he was killed in a strike was a "clear and blatant violation" of the Doha agreement. The Trump administration had negotiated the agreement, which said that in exchange for the U.S. leaving Afghanistan, the Taliban would not give safe haven to terrorists.
Saturday's meeting between CIA Deputy Director David Cohen and Taliban representative Wasiq suggests a focus on counterterrorism efforts. Last month, the White House described efforts to collaborate with the Taliban to fight terrorism as "a work in progress."

US And Taliban Relations After Zawahiri's Killing

The U.S. government's top target, Zawahiri, was killed in July while sitting on the balcony of his safe home in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to reports, the 71-year-old Egyptian who was Osama bin Laden's 9/11 deputy and potential successor was hiding out in the affluent Sherpur area in central Kabul. While Zawahiri's family was inside, the CIA fired two Hellfire missiles at the balcony.
After hearing of Zawahiri's arrival in Kabul, it became clear that the Taliban were eager to foster conditions that would allow terrorist organizations to reorganize and strengthen their numbers. If Zawahiri were in Afghanistan without authorization from the Taliban, it is exceedingly doubtful that he would feel comfortable enough to show his face in the country's biggest city.
Officials with the Taliban condemned the July attack, which occurred only weeks before the anniversary of the U.S. military's exit from the nation, as a breach of the pullout agreement and refuted allegations that they were giving Zawahiri a safe haven. However, sources in the Biden administration have said that top Taliban commanders were aware of his presence in Afghanistan.

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Final Words

The Taliban have pledged not to provide a safe haven to terrorists in the wake of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. That promise was made while the group's leaders were angling to look more secular in order to attract donors as they worked to establish a stable administration in Kabul.
Since then, the United States has maintained dialogue with the Taliban, including efforts to secure Mark Frerichs' release. However, top-level leaders have not had a face-to-face meeting since just before Zawahiri's death on July 31.
Saturday's meeting between CIA Deputy Director David Cohen and Taliban representative Wasiq suggests a focus on counterterrorism efforts. Last month, the White House described efforts to collaborate with the Taliban to fight terrorism as "a work in progress."
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Suleman Shah

Suleman Shah

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Suleman Shah is a researcher and freelance writer. As a researcher, he has worked with MNS University of Agriculture, Multan (Pakistan) and Texas A & M University (USA). He regularly writes science articles and blogs for science news website immersse.com and open access publishers OA Publishing London and Scientific Times. He loves to keep himself updated on scientific developments and convert these developments into everyday language to update the readers about the developments in the scientific era. His primary research focus is Plant sciences, and he contributed to this field by publishing his research in scientific journals and presenting his work at many Conferences. Shah graduated from the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (Pakistan) and started his professional carrier with Jaffer Agro Services and later with the Agriculture Department of the Government of Pakistan. His research interest compelled and attracted him to proceed with his carrier in Plant sciences research. So, he started his Ph.D. in Soil Science at MNS University of Agriculture Multan (Pakistan). Later, he started working as a visiting scholar with Texas A&M University (USA). Shah’s experience with big Open Excess publishers like Springers, Frontiers, MDPI, etc., testified to his belief in Open Access as a barrier-removing mechanism between researchers and the readers of their research. Shah believes that Open Access is revolutionizing the publication process and benefitting research in all fields.
Han Ju

Han Ju

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Hello! I'm Han Ju, the heart behind World Wide Journals. My life is a unique tapestry woven from the threads of news, spirituality, and science, enriched by melodies from my guitar. Raised amidst tales of the ancient and the arcane, I developed a keen eye for the stories that truly matter. Through my work, I seek to bridge the seen with the unseen, marrying the rigor of science with the depth of spirituality. Each article at World Wide Journals is a piece of this ongoing quest, blending analysis with personal reflection. Whether exploring quantum frontiers or strumming chords under the stars, my aim is to inspire and provoke thought, inviting you into a world where every discovery is a note in the grand symphony of existence. Welcome aboard this journey of insight and exploration, where curiosity leads and music guides.
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