Pro-al-Qaeda media promotes the Taliban amid Afghan peace negotiations
Pro-al-Qaeda media outlet Al-Bayan posted messages on social media last week promoting multiple Taliban media channels, underscoring worries that the Afghan group maintains ties with the international terrorist organization.
Al-Bayan’s Telegram account posted a message on June 14 urging users to follow the Taliban’s official Telegram account and its corresponding official account on Twitter.
The account used the hashtag “support jihadist media” on the post.
Al-Bayan, which is the hub for al-Qaeda material, posted the same message on its websites that day.
The posts comes amid ongoing peace efforts between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban.
A potential deal would see America agree to withdraw its troops after more than 17 years in Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban guaranteeing the country never again becomes a safe haven for terror groups, as was the case with al-Qaeda before the attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Taliban has yet to give such assurances.