Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (Al-Qaeda video)

Al-Qaeda Growing Stronger Under Taliban’s Umbrella, UN Finds

Al Qaeda and the Taliban remain close allies, according to a report by a United Nations Security Council monitoring team.  Indeed, Al Qaeda “has grown stronger operating under the Taliban umbrella across Afghanistan and is more active than in recent years.”

While some are eager to portray the Taliban as a purely nationalist organization, the UN notes that the Taliban is the “primary partner for all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan, with the exception of” the Islamic State’s Khorasan branch, which seeks to undermine the Taliban’s legitimacy.

Al Qaeda “members act as instructors and religious teachers for Taliban personnel and their family members.” And a “number of Al Qaeda activists have reportedly arrived in Afghanistan from Egypt,” though the UN did not identify these Egyptians or say when they arrived.

Read more at the Long War Journal

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