The separate resolutions would symbolically delink al-Qaida and the Taliban and recognize their different agendas. While Al-Qaida is focused on worldwide jihad against the West and establishment of a religious state in the Muslim world, Taliban militants have focused on their own country and have shown little interest in attacking targets abroad.
Germany’s U.N. Ambassador Peter Wittig, who chairs the Security Council committee that currently monitors sanctions against the two groups, told reporters in Kabul earlier this month that separating the sanctions regimes would futher highlight “the significance of the political efforts that are ongoing in Afghanistan.”
Of course, none of us knew this. We have been waiting for the UN to reveal such a huge discovery… 🙄
More comment at BCF.
- UN separates al-Qaeda and Taliban sanctions (telegraph.co.uk)
- UN splits Taliban and al-Qaeda on sanctions blacklist (ukforcesafghanistan.wordpress.com)
- UN to delink al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions (foxnews.com)
- UN to delink al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- U.N. to delink al Qaeda, Taliban sanctions (cbsnews.com)