UN report says Taliban is maintaining relations with al Qaeda despite deal with US

A new United Nations report says that the Taliban assured al Qaeda that it would maintain their close links despite the “peace” deal with the organization which the Trump administration has touted as signifying a break between the Taliban and the terror group responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks.

“The senior leadership of Al-Qaida remains present in Afghanistan, as well as hundreds of armed operatives, Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, and groups of foreign terrorist fighters aligned with the Taliban,” the UN report said, estimating that some 400 to 600 armed al Qaeda operatives are currently in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban regularly consulted with Al-Qaida during negotiations with the United States and offered guarantees that it would honour their historical ties,” the report added.

The report was sent to the UN Security Council late last month and was produced by the UN’s Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team.