Turkey welcomes Taliban to Ankara, urges international engagement with the jihad group

Three months ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared: “As the Taliban held some talks with the US, it should hold these talks with Turkey much more comfortably. Because Turkey has nothing that contradicts their beliefs.”

And now, Turkey has welcomed Taliban leaders into its country, indifferent to the fact that the group earned the infamous title of “world’s deadliest terrorist group” in 2018.

Turkey is doing all it can to help its jihadist Muslim brothers, while trying to be subtle about urging others do the same. Yet still, Turkey is denying that its gesture implies formal recognition. That’s because Islamic supremacists know that Western leaders are easily manipulated, so it’s a much easier sell to present “engagement” with the Taliban as helping them out with their “humanitarian crisis.” “War is deceit,” said Muhammad (Bukhari 52:269). That is precisely Turkey’s approach, even though its leaders are well aware of the Taliban’s beliefs. Turkey’s leaders generally share the beliefs of the Taliban, as well as their vision of a global Islamic caliphate. Erdogan has made no secret of his own ambition of reviving the Ottoman Empire.

The Taliban is no different from the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the Iranian regime. It is a brutal jihadist group which aspires to establish the Sharia in Afghanistan, then regionally, and ultimately, globally. The Taliban could never be a legitimate group except to those who share its jihadist beliefs. Nonetheless, Western leaders have an embarrassing reputation of genuflecting to jihadist groups and leaders, in the name of tolerance and peace. Jihadists readily exploit this weakness.

“Turkey urges engagement with Taliban after talks with group,” Al Jazeera, October 14, 2021:

Turkey has called on the international community to help the Taliban overcome Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, officials said after holding talks with the group’s leaders, adding that this does not imply formal recognition.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu received his acting counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi in Ankara on Thursday, as Afghanistan’s new government continues its diplomatic push for support.

Speaking after the closed-door talks, Cavusoglu urged international engagement with the Taliban.

“We have told the international community about the importance of engagement with the current Taliban administration. In fact, recognition and engagement are two different things,” he said.

“The Afghan economy should not collapse. Therefore, we have said the countries that froze Afghanistan’s accounts abroad should act more flexibly so that salaries can be paid.”

The World Bank halted funds to Afghanistan after the Taliban swept back to power in August. The international community has condemned the group’s actions in some provinces, where they brought back public hangings and barred women and girls from going to school or returning to work.

Turkey has sought to use its position as the only Muslim-majority member of the NATO defence alliance to secure a greater role in Afghanistan after the US troop withdrawal….

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