The inseparable link between al-Qaeda and the Taliban!
Seyed Zia Koohi
The roots of the war in Afghanistan go back to the late decade of democracy and the years of the Republic of Sardar Mohammad Daud with the approach of fundamentalism and religious extremism. At first, the slogan of Islamism, politics, and Islamic government had a very attractive face for the people of Afghanistan; But over time, as a result of the actions of extremist Islamists, this appeal diminished.
Extremist Islamist groups in Afghanistan have no internal roots and were first influenced by the Egyptian Brotherhood and later by South Asian Deobandism and Arab extremism.
Islamic groups called the Mujahideen began military operations in Afghanistan with military training in Pakistan and Iran, and extremists and extremists from most countries joined the Mujahideen Front in Pakistan.
Abdullah Azzam, a Palestinian sheikh, was a teacher and leader of the extremists participating in the Afghan Jihad Front. He was followed by Abdullah Anas, Osama bin Laden, the Zarqawi’s, and others. Contradictory tendencies and conflicting views of Islam among Islamists sacrificed Abdullah Azzam and his sons in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Abdullah Anas emerged from London and was criticized. The Zarqawi’s were killed after being relocated to Iraq. Until the day of his death, Osama bin Laden trained terrorists and assassins on the Afghan-Pakistani border and was eventually shot dead by US troops at his home in Abitabad, Pakistan.
Traces of Iranians such as Qassem Soleimani, Akbar Parizi, and others can also be seen and traced among the Mojahedin. Soleimani left Syria and Iraq and was killed in a US airstrike in Iraq a year ago.
In 1988, an ominous phenomenon called “al-Qaeda” emerged from within the Mojahedin Front in Pakistan. Its founders gained a special place among the “Afghan Arabs” with their extremist views on Islam and the financial support of the organization’s leader, Osama bin Laden. Due to its financial resources and extremist forces, al-Qaeda became a major umbrella for attracting extremists around the world.
In 1994, a group called the Taliban emerged in Afghanistan, and in the shortest possible time, violence spread, and many people were killed. The group whipped women for their “blind boot” voices, banned all manifestations of human civilization, closed schools, forced beards, and hired beard-measurers in their regimes as paymasters.
Everything under their leadership was forbidden. Afghans under the rule of the Sacramental regime suffered under cable, whips, and Kalashnikovs and were ridiculed by countries in the region and the world.
Top Taliban figures were those who for years ate the bread and dates of al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, a Saudi businessman and financier. They had received military training at the organization’s training centers in Afghanistan and Pakistan to destroy civilizations, kill and torture people.
After the fall of Dr. Najibullah’s government in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia and left for Sudan under the rule of Omar al-Bashir due to a dispute with Saudi officials. In 1996, Omar al-Bashir apparently apologized for Osama bin Laden’s presence in Sudan, and Osama bin Laden forgave all of his cover investments in Sudan and returned directly to Afghanistan under the rule of his guerrillas and followers.
These stories are detailed in the books “Al-Qaeda and its Sisters” and “Ghost War”.
While the Sudanese government had apologized for the presence of Osama bin Laden in Sudan; But he came directly to Afghanistan. Bin Laden came to Afghanistan when the Taliban were the tyrannical and undisputed rulers of this country. Bin Laden’s arrival in Afghanistan from Sudan indicates a deep link between al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The depth and strength of these relations are by no means hidden from the eyes of regional, world, and American intelligence.
The presence of this ruthless terrorist has led to the death of thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan and around the world. Bin Laden’s unbelievable cooperation – the Taliban reached a point where they caused the world terrible and terrible suffering; It even targeted the trading powers of the world’s superpowers in the heart of the American capital, baiting fire and debris for innocent people.
The Taliban and al-Qaeda are two inseparable phenomena. This intellectual and financial bond is so deep and intertwined that the Taliban gambled their self-proclaimed emirate on bin Laden and destroyed it.
In the third part of the “Peace Agreement for Afghanistan” signed with the Taliban on February 29, 2020, in Doha, Qatar, the United States emphasizes that the group should not allow al-Qaeda operatives to carry out destructive activities against US interests; In the sense that it is disconnected from it (al-Qaeda).
The United Nations and the intelligence agencies of all countries, including the United States, are well aware that the link between al-Qaeda and the Taliban goes beyond a solid and strategic vision. The ideological connection between the Taliban and al-Qaeda is rooted in extremist thinking in the Islamic world. Military ties, the use of harsh methods of suicide, and violence between the Taliban and al-Qaeda date back to the days of al-Qaeda.
The agreement emphasizes the severance of ties between the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the agreement, which carries the message that one of the most important intellectual, military, and financial obstacles to the Taliban in Afghanistan is al-Qaeda.
It is noteworthy that al-Qaeda has revived itself in the presence of the Taliban; Like the fire under the ashes, it can ignite at any moment, in which case not only Afghanistan but the whole world will burn in these flames of violence.
The international community, the European Union, the countries of the region, the United States, and its allies in the NATO military organization should know that the Taliban leaders gambled on an emirate with all its length and breadth and with all its power and greatness and overcame it; Now that the Taliban have nothing to lose, they have no sovereignty and no social or political dignity, but the Taliban are a miserable and violent group that has been centuries away from civilization and human life.
At this point in time, the separation of the Taliban and al-Qaeda is impossible; Because the existence of the Taliban makes sense compared to the existence of al-Qaeda and vice versa and is visible.
This close and inseparable connection between the Taliban and al-Qaeda can be seen in the congratulatory message of Abu Yasir, one of the leaders of the al-Qaeda organization (leaked from external sources) to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban deputy leader, and Mullah Hibatullah, the group’s leader in connection with the Taliban attack on innocent people in Samangan. And its local offices observed.
In this message, the al-Qaeda terrorist organization explicitly mentions the support and direct participation of its members alongside the Taliban in this deadly attack. These messages are a sign that the Taliban have a stronger connection to al-Qaeda than they did in 2001.
The Taliban will fight the Afghan people and the world to the last with the cooperation and support of al-Qaeda. Concepts such as peace and agreement have no value in the Taliban’s lexicon. The Taliban and al-Qaeda have a common logic, which is to kill innocent people, intimidate, destroy schools, and public places.
The Taliban and the Taliban ideology dried up in Afghanistan 19 years ago. The people of Afghanistan no longer tolerate the Taliban-al-Qaeda emirate, and the conditions of the time and the world do not require such a rule. When in Mecca, next to the House of God, the dancing and singing of female artists is celebrated, there is no place for Arabs and no place for Talabani thinking!
The presence of the Taliban is now imposed in Afghanistan and the secret of their life and secret presence is their stubbornness and dogmatism. Despite all the scandals and degeneration that the Taliban have suffered, it still stubbornly seeks to impose itself on the Afghan people in the shadow of al-Qaeda and its regional obstacles.
The only way to save Afghanistan and the world from the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups is to strengthen the Afghan government and security forces. Afghan security forces today are not only martyred on the battlefield in defense of Afghan citizens, but also in a fierce struggle for regional and global interests in the battlefield against the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other extremist groups.
Officers and soldiers fighting in Samangan, Wardak, Badakhshan, Helmand, Faryab, Nangarhar, Kandahar, and other parts of the country are sacrificed for the security of the region and the world.