Separating the Taliban from al-Qaeda: The Core of Success in Afghanistan
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• The Taliban and al-Qaeda remain distinct groups
with different goals, ideologies, and sources of recruits;
there was considerable friction between them before
September 11, 2001, and today that friction persists.
• Elements of current U.S. policy in Afghanistan,
especially night raids and attempts to fragment the Taliban,
are changing the insurgency, inadvertently creating
opportunities for al-Qaeda to achieve its objectives and
preventing the achievement of core goals of the United
States and the international community.
• There is room to engage the Taliban on the issues
of renouncing al-Qaeda and providing guarantees against
the use of Afghanistan by international terrorists in a way
that will achieve core U.S. goals.