The Taliban say they will not work with the US to have more power in Afghanistan

The Taliban said on Saturday they would not work with the US to have more power in Afghanistan.

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press this group will be independent to deal with extremist groups such as Islamic State.

“We are able to treat Daesh independently,” Shaheen said, using the Arabic expression of the group.

The position is coming before the talk between Taliban and US officials in Doha, Qatar.

These are the first talks between two groups since the US ousted Afghanistan in August, with the US saying the talks are not a sign that the Taliban will be recognized by the US, according to the AP.

Terrorism has become a hot topic for the Taliban, a group known as Islamic State Khorasan recently said that a suicide bombing at a mosque killed more than 40 people.

The meetings in Qatar will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and officials are expected to discuss terrorism and the removal of some Americans and Afghans.

Two senior officials told Reuters that Tom West, Afghanistan’s deputy ambassador for reconciliation with the State Department, and Sarah Charles, deputy president of the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, were two of the people expected to attend the meetings.


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