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Taliban refuses to work with US to tackle ISIS in Afghanistan

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The Taliban believe they can deal with IS 'independently' (Picture: AP)
A Taliban fighter seen in Kabul, as the organisation declared it can deal with Islamic State ‘independently’ (Picture: AP)

The Taliban has refused to cooperate with the US to contain Islamic State in Afghanistan.

Political spokesperson Suhail Shaheen ruled out working alongside Washington as representatives are due to meet this weekend in Doha, Qatar.

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It comes hours after ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide blast that tore through a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 50 and leaving dozens hurt.

The meetings in Doha will be the first time the US and the Taliban come face to face since the ill-fated withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in August.

Officials from both sides said the talks would include discussion on reining in extremist groups and evacuating foreign nationals and Afghans from the war-torn country.

But the Taliban insist it can deal with IS militants single-handedly.

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‘We are able to tackle Daesh (IS) independently,’ Mr Shaheen said.

Thousands tried to escape as the Taliban seized control after the US ended its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.

aliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen (centre) has warned of 'consequences' if Western forces stay beyond the end of the month. He told Sky News: 'It's a red line. President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that. Sky News Grab Metro Pic Desk
Taliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen

The Taliban has since repeatedly sought international recognition since the takeover two months ago.

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But the US has made it clear this weekend’s talks are not a preamble to recognition.

The discussions come as Pakistani officials urged the White House to engage with Afghanistan’s new leaders and release billions of dollars in international funds to prevent an economic meltdown.

And Pakistan also warned the Taliban to become more inclusive, amid growing fears the organisation could return to its former ways, despite vowing to be more tolerant.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - OCTOBER 3: Security measures are taken after an explosion targeted the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 3, 2021. An explosion targeted a mosque in the Afghan capital on Sunday, leaving a ??number of civilians dead,???? a Taliban spokesman said. (Photo by Bilal Guler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan two months ago (Picture: Bilal Guler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Footage exclusively revealed by showed fighters whipping a terrified Afghan man, accused of being a thief, with a rubber cable.

Harrowing images yesterday showed the Taliban rounding up drug addicts and marching them to treatment centres, where they were stripped and had their heads shaved.

But Taliban fighter Qari Fedayee, who was tying the men’s hands, defended the group’s actions.

‘They are our countrymen, they are our family and there are good people inside of them,’ he said.

‘God willing, the people in the hospital will be good with them and cure them.’

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