Taliban and al-Qaeda could ‘join up’ warns security expert
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A security expert has warned that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda could “join up” in the wake of the collapse of Afghanistan to the Islamic militant group. Will Geddes was invited to provide a forecast of possible future terror threats on GB News. He predicted that the victorious Taliban may ally themselves with the remnants of the Al-Qaeda terror network which once had a strong presence in Afghanistan.
Mr Geddes told GB News: “There is every good likelihood that we will see an upping of activities by Al-Qaeda, and especially by Islamic State.
“We have got this kind of beauty parade at the moment, Islamic State are probably at the furthest and probably most extreme end of sharia law.
“They think the Taliban are actually kind of soft in the way that they implement it and you have Al-Qaeda who are aligned with the Taliban.
“Now my long-term forecast is I think there will be a join up.
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“We have seen Al-Qaeda join up with Boko Haram in West Africa, with Al-Shabaab in East Africa, with other various terrorist groups including Chechen terrorist groups and Islamic extremists.
“So there is a possibility who knows that Islamic State may succumb to saying ‘okay let’s aligned our interest.’
“Because we are both fundamentally after the same things.”
It comes just a day after Taliban leaders threatened the US and UK with “consequences” if the withdrawal of western troops from Afghanistan is delayed.
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“It’s a red line,” Taliban spokesperson Dr Shaheen told Sky News.
“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.”
“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations – the answer is no.”
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“Or there would be consequences, it will create mistrust between us, If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”
Dr Shaheen went onto dismiss the mass exodus of Afghans fleeing Taliban rule as simply “economic migrants.”
He told Sky News: “I assure you it is not about being worried or scared.
“They want to reside in Western countries and that is a kind of economic migration because Afghanistan is a poor country.
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