Substantial friction exists between the Taliban and al Qaeda, a new report asserts.
The Taliban could be persuaded to renounce al Qaeda by focusing on commonalities between them and the United States.
Under a new relationship, the Taliban could conduct counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda with US Special Forces along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
It seems a bizarre possibility, but the report suggests the Taliban may be ready for a break with al Qaeda and might be interested in keeping the Afghan border terror-free.
Such agreements would necessitate looking at the Taliban in a different light than previously.
The New York University report is available at this website.