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Media: Pakistan helps Taliban * fight IS *

WASHINGTON, Oct 24. Pakistan is helping the radical Taliban * that has come to power in Afghanistan * in the fight against the Islamic State * terrorist group, according to the Washington Post, citing two unnamed Taliban representatives. Pakistan is using unofficial intelligence channels to help the Taliban in the fight against IS *, namely for the transfer of intelligence and technical support in the fight against terrorists. In particular, Pakistan transmits primary information, helps to track telephone and Internet communications in order to identify IS members * and their operational centers.

“Pakistan is our brother and supports us in many ways, including sharing information and intelligence (about IS * – ed.). If the US and the rest of the world share information with us, we could defeat ISIS Russian terrorist group IS *) in a matter of days, “one of the Taliban leaders told the newspaper.

However, according to Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the movement, the Taliban * does not view IS * as a serious threat and does not need outside help to fight it. Yet, according to one Pakistani official, communication between the two sides is more informal discussion than established partnership for the exchange of intelligence. As the newspaper notes, Pakistan “appears to be one of the few foreign states directly assisting the Taliban in the fight against IS *.” Regional rivalries, deep-seated mistrust and Taliban miscalculations in the fight against terrorism, make it difficult to share intelligence with the movement, according to former and current US officials. Without a diplomatic and military presence, the US intelligence capabilities have been undermined. The newspaper emphasizes that since the withdrawal of American troops, the intelligence services have maintained formal and unofficial contacts with the Taliban, the American side regularly tries to transmit information about IS operations to Kabul. * But in many cases the Taliban were disinterested and distrustful of the information provided or did not know how to use it. that the war is over. The last two weeks of August from the airport of Kabul, which was under the protection of the US military, there was a mass evacuation of Western citizens and Afghans who collaborated with them. On the night of August 31, the US military left the Kabul airport, ending the nearly 20-year US military presence in Afghanistan. On September 6, the Taliban announced that Panjshir, the last of the 34 Afghan provinces, had come under their control in fighting. * A terrorist organization banned in Russia IS * claims responsibility for explosion at power plant in Kabul


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