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A 'Kinder Gentler Taliban': Is Brutal Regime Now Giving ISIS A Free Pass?

The Taliban has ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America’s withdrawal from the country in August.

Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are due to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have confirmed issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have even indicated some flexibility regarding evacuations.

However, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

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