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Romney Questions Blinken On Afghanistan: Does The Taliban Still Collaborate And Sympathize With Al Qaeda?

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Sen. Mitt Romney asked several interesting questions during his first question time slot at Tuesday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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.



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