Taliban will not cooperate with the United States to contain terrorist extremist groups in Afghanistan;
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Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are to meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
- Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations.
- However, Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the AP, there would be no cooperation with Washington on containing the increasingly active Islamic State group in Afghanistan.
- ISIS has taken responsibility for a number of recent attacks, including a suicide bombing Friday that killed 46 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded dozens as they prayed in a mosque in the northern city of Kunduz.
- ISIS has carried out relentless assaults on the country’s Shiites since emerging in eastern Afghanistan in 2014. It is also seen as the terror group that poses the greatest threat to the United States for its potential to stage attacks on American targets.
- The weekend meetings in Doha are the first since U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan in late August, ending a 20-year military presence as the Taliban overran the country.