According to reports, Osama bin Laden's former personal security chief was spotted being driven around Afghanistan by a Taliban escort. The fact that he is able to openly travel in the country is raising some serious questions about the relationship between al-Qaida and the Taliban.
On Monday, The Drive revealed a YouTube video showing Dr. Amin al-Haq being escorted by the Taliban. However, it is not clear when the video was recorded.
The video, reportedly taken at a checkpoint in al-Haq's native Nangarhar Province, caused some people to wonder whether the Taliban would give al-Qaida safe haven in Afghanistan, The Drive reported.
Biden on Aug. 20 said al-Qaida was "gone" from Afghanistan but other officials have made clear the U.S. government's official position is that the terrorist organization remains a presence in the country, The Drive said.
Al-Haq was believed to have fled al-Qaida's cave complex in Tora Bora into Pakistan with bin Laden and other senior group members sometime between 2001-02. He was arrested in the Pakistani city of Lahore in 2008, but was released in 2011 under suspicious circumstances, The Drive said. He then disappeared from the public eye.
Judging by the video, it would appear that al-Haq is a very important person to the terrorist group.
The Taliban has insisted it will not harbor al-Qaida under its new regime, but the video seems to indicate otherwise.
At least two other pickup trucks – one a Ford Ranger in the configuration used by the now-defunct Afghan National Police – are seen flying the Taliban's white flag.
The Drive reported there was another SUV that appeared to have an array of antennas on top – likely either an onboard communications suite or an electronic warfare system designed to jam signals used to remotely detonate improvised explosive devices.
Credible reports say the Taliban are hunting down and executing former Afghan government officials and security forces personnel, The Drive reported.
It is bad news if the two terrorist groups are joining forces. Especially with the spineless, sleepy excuse of a man that is currently sitting in the Oval Office.
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