On Thursday 26th of August, a new chapter of bloodshed was added to the history of hapless Afghans by ISIS-K (Daesh of Khorasan) on Kabul airport when it indiscriminately targeted everyone on the site. The attack was complex and brutal. It left hundreds of Afghan civilians, including more than a dozen American army personnel and The Taliban soldiers dead. The attack by quickly dying ISIS-K on Kabul airport is its effort to gain lost relevance in Afghanistan. It is clear now that Daesh is as much against The Taliban government as it is against the USA. The Taliban government is trying very hard to control Afghanistan and bring peace and stability. How it cuts this Guardian’s knot remains to be seen. But one thing is perfectly clear i.e., it cannot fight on two fronts at a time and win because of the lack of resources–manpower and capital. On the other hand, the USA cannot effectively dismantle the terror networks of ISIS-K in Afghanistan as America will no longer have a military presence there. So, what should both do to stave off ISIS-K from carrying more attacks?
The only way forward is close cooperation between The Taliban regime and the US. The US should not impose sanctions on the Taliban’s future government. Any attempt to strangulate it economically will weaken its ability to control the rising influence of Daesh. The Taliban has been its fierce nemesis in the past two decades. But that is past. Now The US should accept the reality that The Taliban is in power and has the potential to bring peace and keep terrorism at bay. It should follow the famous principle: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The Taliban government can effectively eradicate this group from Afghanistan if it is provided with the required resources to launch this campaign. The fake media propaganda to defame the regime will do no good. It is exercising restraint. The women are going to schools and offices and talks with all other Afghan ethnic groups to make an inclusive government are underway. The Taliban 2.0 can surely be trusted. The US should prevent its media from smearing the new regime’s reputation. At the end of the day, an inclusive government is all what everyone wants. If the Taliban is realizing this dream, what is bad about it?
On the flip side, The Taliban needs the US’ support to fight against ISIS-K and win international recognition. If it does not cooperate with the US, it will be difficult for it to effectively serve people, bring stability and expunge the ISIS-K from Afghanistan. Moreover, angering The US may provoke it to put crippling sanctions on Afghanistan. This will hinder its efforts to bring prosperity to Afghanistan.
To conclude, the cooperation between the Taliban and the US is a must. Both need each other. The longer they take to understand this necessity, the more Afghans and Americans will suffer. It is time they joined their forces against a rising new wave of terrorism.