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U.S. Joins China, Russia in Urging Taliban to Cut Terrorist Ties

  • Expressed ‘deep concern’ for severe humanitarian situation
  • Extended Troika continues practical engagement with Taliban
A Taliban military parade of the Al-Badr unit in Kandahar on Nov. 8.

A Taliban military parade of the Al-Badr unit in Kandahar on Nov. 8.

Photographer: Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. joined rivals China and Russia to call on the Taliban to cut ties with terrorist groups and stop them from operating in Afghanistan after a recent spate of attacks that have been linked mostly to the Islamic State. 

The concerted push from these world powers and Pakistan, known as the “extended troika,” to ensure the Taliban fulfilled their commitments followed a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday and signals the growing concern of a spillover of terror activities in the region. The group also met with senior Taliban representatives on the sidelines of the meeting.