Jihadis Celebrate Taliban Visit To Turkey: Ankara Finally Recognizes Its Need For A Sunni Strategic Ally

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October 14, 2021

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On October 14, 2021, jihadi clerics marked the visit of a high-level delegation of Afghanistan's interim Taliban government to Turkey, suggesting that the visit is a step in the right direction to build a constructive relationship between the two sides.

Jihadi cleric and former member of Al-Qaeda's Shura Council Abu Hafs Al-Mauritani published two posts discussing the visit. In his first post, he praised Turkey for extending the invitation to the Taliban, saying that the visit is a good step and an "opportunity for both countries to put their relationship on the right track."

Explaining the advantage of rapprochement between the two sides, he added: "Turkey needs a Sunni ally in a strategic area such as Afghanistan, and the Taliban need the support of a strong Islamic country like Turkey."

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In his second post, the jihadi cleric elaborated that Turkey should use the visit of the Taliban delegation to correct its previous mistakes in dealing with the Taliban, which he listed as: "First, taking part in the NATO invasion of Afghanistan. Second, allying with Afghan war criminals such as [Abdul Rashid] Dostum. Third, ignoring the Taliban and coordinating with the Americans during the Kabul Airport situation, and fourth, Turkey's call to not recognize the group [the Taliban]."[1]

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Meanwhile, Gaza-based jihadi Ahmad Qanitah posted a screenshot of a tweet from the Taliban highlighting that the visit took place following an official invitation from Turkey.[2]

Qanitah commented that Turkey has finally realized the significance of extending normal diplomatic relations to the Taliban, instead of using the language of threats. He wrote:

"After the Taliban's commitment to its own political positions, Turkey had to return to exerting political efforts in accordance with diplomatic norms, rather than attempting to impose its guardianship over [the Taliban] when it initially refused to withdraw from Afghanistan, and later when [Turkey] asked the world not to recognize the new Afghan government!"

He went on to say that "Turkey has finally realized that it will not gain anything from pressuring the Taliban or from using political threats, so now it issued an official invitation to the Afghan Foreign Minister."

Idlib-based jihadi cleric Abu Yahya Al-Shami said that the visit gives Turkey two options: "Either to stay in Afghanistan for a short period of time, or to remain in that country and other similar Muslim countries, as well as in the consciousness of the Islamic nation forever."[3]

 

[1] Telegram, Abu Hafs Al-Mauritani, October 14, 2021.

[2] Telegram, Ahmad Qanitah, October 14, 2021.

[3] Telegram, Ayshami, October 14, 2021.

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