T. Mughal/Pool/Reuters - Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani meets with Pakistan's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on August 13, 2015 to discuss reviving peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

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The Taliban affirm their alliance with al-Qaida: Afghan peace talks in doubt

August 20, 2015, Bruce Riedel

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, accepted a pledge of loyalty from the emir of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, this week in an unusual acknowledgement by the Taliban of its continued alliance with al-Qaida and a blatant violation of the ground rules for any political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Bruce Riedel suggests that the Taliban and its backers may be trying to bolster Mansour's legitimacy and argues that Washington should insist that the Taliban unequivocally break all ties with al-Zawahiri as a condition for resuming peace talks with the Afghan government.

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