“Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on going after the increasingly active Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan. IS has taken responsibility for a number of attacks, including a suicide bombing that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens as they prayed in a mosque.
“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.
IS has carried out relentless assaults on the country’s Shiite Muslims since emerging in eastern Afghanistan in 2014. IS is also seen as the greatest threat to the United States.
Comment: These Shia in Afghanistan are probably Hazara. They are a Mongol related people who mostly live in the Hindu Kush mountain region in central Afghanistan. They converted to Shiism several centuries ago in order to differentiate themselves from their Sunni persecutors.
In re discussions over people who want to get out of Afghanistan my WAG is that the Taliban will be willing to allow them to leave if they are paid. pl
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