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Taliban refuses to join U.N.-sponsored meeting on Afghanistan

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Taliban-led foreign office refused to attend the meeting in Doha when the U.N. rejected its demand to act as Afghanistan's sole official representative, [the UNSG] said on Monday.

From DW we learned a little more about this. According to their anonymous source, aside from the condition that they be invited as official representatives of Afghanistan, they also insisted that leaders of rival militias – specifically the National Resistance Front (the NRF) be excluded. But also insisted that there be no criticism be directed towards them during the discussions. “We do not want to attend the conference where we are not formally invited as the state, and where a group of overseas Afghans, largely associated with Western-funded projects and rival armed militias like the NRF are invited to critique our governance.”

This is set against a backdrop of a region with many shards of suspicion and distrust going on at the same time.

For example, The Taliban accuse Pakistan of being a safe harbor to the armed guerrela faction, the IS-KP. In turn, Pakistan accuses the Taliban of supporting the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an guerrela insurgency that is attacking Pakistani army and police on a regular basis. Taliban also accuses Tajikistan of ignoring the activity of recruiting, training and harboring IS-KP recruits for attacks in Afghanistan.

To help complete the picture: There are dozens of heavily armed trans-national jihadist groups operating within the region from Afghanistan. Some identify with ethnic Uyghur, Uzbek, and Tajik groups, which in turn are considered terrorist organizations by China and Russia, and are attacked when found. In fact, any government that tries to satisfy western ideas of ethnic diversity and inclusion face those doubts that inviting them to share power will along the armed groups, and the trouble that results from having them in-country. China is said to have a large contingent of heavily armed police on the borders to stop all of this from flooding into their barely-stable ethnic regions.

Meanwhile India is watching Afghanistan carefully, as evidence exists that the Taliban tolerate the presence and operations of Laskhar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Muhammad. Two particularly violent and extreme pan-Islamist groups that have attacked India for some time now.

Countries in the neighborhood, in turn, do not trust Taliban assertions that they do not allow any of this to happen on their soil. Believing that Taliban efforts for recognition and money from the international community are stronger if they are seen as the voice of reason in a region that believes them to be the number one player in supplying all shapes and sizes of armed militancy.

Any resolve to bring humanitarian help to the miserable people of Afghanistan must take all of the above into account.

The problem that is the Taliban will likely not be solved in our lifetimes.

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Taliban turned Afghanistan back to the stone age.

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The UN is the only way the Taliban are getting any humanitarian aid. They should be careful not to piss them off.

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