The Taliban Is Planning Their Move On Central Asia

( American foreign policy in Afghanistan has proved a disaster. Trump and Biden-era Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad based the U.S. withdrawal deal on the Taliban’s promise that they were going to fight against the Islamic State, according to a report by national security and defense website 19FortyFive. But this was a deal based in naivety or ignorance, as the Taliban plans their next move on Central Asia to “export their revolution.”

The Taliban have mobilized 16 high ranking members of foreign terrorist groups to Kabul and then transferred them to the Baghlan, Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces in northern Afghanistan. Members reportedly brought to Kabul were Haji Forqan, the leader of the East Turkistan Islamic Movement; Mawlawi Ibrahim, the head of the Ansarullah Jamaat of Tajikistan, who reportedly has strong ties to the Islamic State; Shaikh Zakir, the head of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan; and Abdul Haq Uighuri, the head of the Al Qaeda branch in northern Afghanistan.

The members reportedly stayed three days with the home of a senior Haqqani network official in Wazir Akbar Khan. The Haqqani network is an Afghan Sunni Islamist guerrilla insurgent group, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a known associate of Usama Bin Laden was, according to a report.

The group then met with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban’s deputy leader and acting interior minister, to discuss establishing foreign fighters in northern Afghanistan, according to 19FortyFive.

Some Biden administration officials and U.S. lawmakers might not see the mobilization of the Taliban as a U.S. concern, but a storm may be brewing and it would be a mistake to “confuse absence of press attention in Afghanistan with quiet.”

According to 19FortyFive, Russia has played both sides of the Afghanistan conflict. On the one hand, Russia did not want the United States to win the war, otherwise that might humiliate the former Soviet Union who was unable to defeat the country. On the other hand, “he also did not want the United States to lose, for that could mean the empowerment of the Taliban and the export of its extremism into the former Soviet states of Central Asia.” He wanted both the Taliban and the U.S. to “bleed each other dry.”

Now, Russia seems to have left its southern flank at risk as a result of its “miscalculations” in Ukraine and corruption in the region making moves with foreign terrorist members are proceeding without interruption.