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Can the Taliban Cut Ties With Al-Qaeda?

In the biography of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongolian Empire, it is stated that he had a brother named Jamuha when he was young. According to the common custom in the tribe, whenever two people decided to make a brotherhood pact, they had to injure a part of their body and put the wounds on each other so that the blood of both would mix and establish a blood bond between them. After that ceremony, Genghis spent the night under a quilt with Jamukha in the morning to strengthen their bond. The link between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda is very similar to this myth.

The Taliban movement began to operate in 1994 and the Al-Qaeda network was formed in 1998. The Taliban’s political agenda, apparently, was specific to Afghanistan and was not supposed to operate in the worldwide. Because its designers, who were the intelligence agents of Pakistan and the former communist government in Afghanistan, were aware of the red lines of international security and did not want to take a big risk. From the beginning, al-Qaeda had a cross-border nature and thought of forming a global caliphate and challenging the whole of Western civilization. Despite such a difference, the type of understanding of both groups of Islam, the society they had the intention of establishing, the system they liked for such a society and the methods they considered appropriate to achieve such a desire, had the same level of similarity that was enough to make a brotherhood pact between these two. In fact, these two projects were complementary to each other. Because every global organization needs to start its work from somewhere, and al-Qaeda could not find a better place than Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban. On the other hand, every local group needs international supporters so that with their help the balance of domestic equations becomes heavier for its benefit, and the Taliban could not find any better international network than Al-Qaeda to be useful in this way. The bond between Genghis Khan and his adopted brother broke down after a few years due to the competition for power, but the bond between Al-Qaeda and the Taliban became stronger day by day. These two groups stood by each other in the most difficult days, supported each other’s vulnerable forces, transferred military and organizational skills to each other, and were so intertwined in each other’s taropod that they found an inseparable destiny.

In Doha, the American negotiators were naive and took the Taliban’s lies about breaking away from al-Qaeda and other extremist groups seriously. This was while the research centers knew with certainty that such a break is neither possible nor desirable for the Taliban. It is not desirable because abandoning the support of an experienced global organization, with impressive financial resources, remarkable fighting skills and with supporters from one end of the world to the other end of the world, means cutting off one’s own arms, which no common sense allows. It is not possible because during more than two decades of close cooperations have turned their relations into strong psychological and intellectual bonds.

The killing of Al-Zawahiri and the childish reactions of Zabihullah Mujahid to a representative of the Taliban remain a tasteless joke that does not make even the most ignorant people laugh. For political reasons, some people prefer to be ignorant in this regard, but many others know that the Islamic Emirate of the Taliban is on the other side of Al-Qaeda’s caliphate, ruling over the territory of a country and planning to revive its like-minded networks in the world. Not only in the Middle East and North Africa, but also in the heart of Moscow and Washington.

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