Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

| October 11, 2021 | 18 Comments

I remember a time when it was the US’s position that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. How quaint that seems now.

AP wire reports;

The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday.

The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops at the end of August.

The U.S. statement was less definitive, saying only that the two sides “discussed the United States’ provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people.”

The Taliban said the talks held in Doha, Qatar, “went well,” with Washington freeing up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan after agreeing not to link such assistance to formal recognition of the Taliban.

The United States made it clear that the talks were in no way a preamble to recognition of the Taliban, who swept into power Aug. 15 after the U.S.-allied government collapsed.

State Department spokesman Ned Price called the discussions “candid and professional,” with the U.S. side reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on their actions, not only their words.

“The U.S. delegation focused on security and terrorism concerns and safe passage for U.S. citizens, other foreign nationals and our Afghan partners, as well as on human rights, including the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of Afghan society,” he said in a statement.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen also told The Associated Press that the movement’s interim foreign minister assured the U.S. during the talks that the Taliban are committed to seeing that Afghan soil is not used by extremists to launch attacks against other countries.

On Saturday, however, the Taliban ruled out cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

IS, an enemy of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including Friday’s suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims. Washington considers IS its greatest terrorist threat emanating from Afghanistan.

“We are able to tackle Daesh independently,” Shaheen said when asked whether the Taliban would work with the U.S. to contain the Islamic State affiliate. He used an Arabic acronym for IS.

Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who tracks militant groups, agreed the Taliban do not need Washington’s help to hunt down and destroy Afghanistan’s IS affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, or ISKP.

The Taliban “fought 20 years to eject the U.S., and the last thing it needs is the return of the U.S. It also doesn’t need U.S. help,” said Roggio, who also produces the foundation’s Long War Journal. “The Taliban has to conduct the difficult and time-consuming task of rooting out ISKP cells and its limited infrastructure. It has all the knowledge and tools it needs to do it.”

More at the source.

I’m not even sure why we’re talking to these guys. I guess we have to have diplomatic relations with them to know where to send the pallets of cash. I’m sure the topic didn’t come up of Afghanistan taking back the rapists and pedos we imported as “refugees”.

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  1. Old tanker says:

    You guys took it, you keep it and pay for it yourselves. We already spent far too much on it as it is.

  2. SFC D says:

    There was no “negotiating with terrorists”. Joe just bent over and gave them what they wanted, no questions asked.

  3. OWB says:

    Why should the taliban care if they are officially recognized as long as the $$ continues to flow? Billions in armaments and other goodies wasn’t enough – let’s waste even more with nothing in return.

    What a bunch of evil people intent upon destroying this country.

  4. KoB says:

    The USA…policeman and piggy bank to the entire world. Past time to quit being either or both. I basically have zero sympathy for the Afghan people. They had plenty of monies and equipment to defend themselves and just flat didn’t do it. And it is a given that any monies or “relief” that we send there will never make it to the people themselves.

  5. DustofF says:

    Geo-Political version of “Stockholm Syndrome”.

  6. FuzeVT says:

    I used to think that to get US aid you should have a pretty close alignment with our values. I know that is silly and we fund people who hate us all the time (like most middle eastern countries).
    The problem in 2021 is our values change so radically with any change in political party that even that hope (you like us = we give you money) is impossible. The countries that I used to think hate us SHARE the values of the current administration.
    E.g.:
    America is the source of problems in the world
    Capitalism is bad
    America is racist
    America should be knocked down a peg
    The US military is bad

  7. President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neanderthal B Woodman Domestic Violent Extremist SuperStraight says:

    “The U.S. has agreed to provide humanitarian aid …..”

    “But first, ya got’ta get The Clot Shots.”

    I can dream, can’t I?

  8. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    The Mouse That Roared

  9. Berliner says:

    Any humanitarian aid to the Taliban should be in the form of feminine hygiene products. Nyuck! Nyuck! Nyuck!

  10. David says:

    Funny thing, for all that there is supposedly a labor shortage, over-50s are getting let go (they cost too much) and are finding it difficult or impossible to get rehired. We desperately need teachers, drivers, health care workers, yet are firing them. How about we take care of Americans first and to hell with placating enemies half the planet away.

  11. 26Limabeans says:

    Smallpox blankets. Disquised as prayer rugs.

  12. 5JC says:

    Well we don’t want them growing into a state that would harbor terrorist training camps that might launch attacks against the US…. oh wait.

  13. RGR 4-78 says:

    “with the U.S. side reiterating that the Taliban will be judged on their actions, not only their words”

    Or what?
    What is your red line this time?
    How many “fall back” red lines will you circle back around to before you do something beside marking another red line?

    Pointless speech that means nothing.

  14. The Supreme Ruler wants to give a lot of moola shmoola to the taliban, but what about the Americans still trapped over there or did I miss something and they are all back state side.

  15. Berliner says:

    Perhaps the humanitarian relief funds will help provide housing and employment for the “needy”. In a related story…

    Son of Afghanistan’s former defense minister buys $20.9 million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills.

    Abdul Rahim Wardak, has purchased a 9,000-square-foot home in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates.

    Little is known about Wardak aside from the fact that he was an ethnic Pashtun refugee born in Afghanistan in 1977, is currently the president of a Miami-based firm called AD Capital Group, and owns a $5.2 million condo at Miami Beach’s St. Regis Bal Harbour resort.

    Wardak’s older brother, Georgetown grad Hamed Wardak, is a little less mysterious as the owner of Virginia-based military transport company NCL Holdings, which reportedly brought in more than $360 million in U.S. government contracts for protecting supply lines in Afghanistan. The elder Wardak brother was also accused of rape in New York City in 2019 by a model he was suing at the time.

  16. Hack Stone says:

    Maybe America can really help out Afghanistan by shipping some of the undocumented aliens to Kabul. We are constantly told how diversity is our strength, and it would be selfish of us to keep that diversity to ourselves. These industrious Third World refugees pouring across the border can help bring Afghanistan from the 14th Century to some time in the late 19th Century.

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