Monday, February 7, 2011

The Taliban Versus Al Qaeda

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.

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