The Pentagon appeared to interrupt with the State Division on Saturday on the connection between the Haqqani community and the Taliban — conceding that there was “co-mingling” after the State Dept. had known as them separate entities.
The community’s chief, Sirajuddin Haqqani, is deputy chief of the Taliban and his uncle Khalil Haqqani was positioned accountable for safety in Kabul after the militants seized town final week.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was requested by Fox Information about whether or not the U.S. thought-about the Taliban and the Haqqani community “separate entities.” State Dept. Press Secretary Ned Value had described them as such the day earlier than when requested if the safety coordination with the Taliban prolonged to the Haqqani community.
“No, it doesn’t,” Value stated on Friday. “The Taliban and the Haqqani Community are separate entities.”
On Saturday, Kirby initially stated he wasn’t going to supply a characterization of the Taliban or Haqqani. He was then pressed on the actual fact Haqqani is deputy chief of the Taliban and likewise has a $10 million bounty on his head.
“We all know that there’s a certain quantity of commingling right here. I imply, there is a marbling, if you’ll, of Taliban and Haqqani,” he stated, however stated he was pushing again on the relevance of that to the evacuation out of Kabul.
The U.S. designated the community a terror group in 2012 and has been linked to bombings and different assaults — and likewise has ties to al Qaeda.
The group had additionally attacked the U.S. embassy in Kabul in 2011 and is blamed for “the biggest truck bomb ever constructed,” a 61,500-pound system intercepted by Afghan safety forces in 2013.
“The Haqqanis expose the lie that there’s a line between Taliban and different jihadist teams, particularly al Qaeda,” retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a Trump-era nationwide safety adviser, instructed The Wall Street Journal Thursday.
The Pentagon introduced at a press convention that it had taken out two “high-profile” ISIS-Ok terrorists in an air strike late Friday, coming after the phobia assault on Kabul Airport on Thursday that killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans.
Fox Information’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.