Romney asked: "Has the Taliban abandoned their sympathy and collaboration with groups such as al Qaeda and the Haqqani network... or has that relationship been severed?"
Blinken replied: "The relationship has not been severed and it's a very open question as to whether their views and the relationship has changed in any kind of definitive way. I think it’s fair to say two things: one, whatever the Taliban’s views on al Qaeda, they do know that the last time they harbored al-Qaeda and engaged in an outwardly directed attack on our homeland, certain things followed which I believe they would have an interest in not seeing repeated."
"Whatever [the Taliban's] views on al-Qaeda... there is a strong disincentive to allow it to engage in outwardly-directed attacks which it is the assessment of the intelligence community that they are unable to do right now," Blinken said.
Romney asks about Taliban terrorist ties to al Qaeda and Haqqani network .— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) September 14, 2021
Blinken concedes that the relationship "has not been severed."
Reminder: The Haqqani who the FBI has a $10 million bounty is now Minister of the Interior for Afghanistan.
Romney asked the question: Blinken said: "thousands" https://t.co/CwpqK7Ilpc— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) September 14, 2021