A Taliban fighter seen in Kabul, as the organisation declared it can deal with Islamic State ‘independently’ (Picture: AP)
Political spokesperson Suhail Shaheen ruled out working alongside Washington as representatives are due to meet this weekend in Doha, Qatar.
It comes hours after ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide blast that tore through a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 50 and leaving dozens hurt.
The meetings in Doha will be the first time the US and the Taliban come face to face since the ill-fated withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in August.
Officials from both sides said the talks would include discussion on reining in extremist groups and evacuating foreign nationals and Afghans from the war-torn country.
But the Taliban insist it can deal with IS militants single-handedly.
‘We are able to tackle Daesh (IS) independently,’ Mr Shaheen said.
Thousands tried to escape as the Taliban seized control after the US ended its 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen
The Taliban has since repeatedly sought international recognition since the takeover two months ago.
But the US has made it clear this weekend’s talks are not a preamble to recognition.
The discussions come as Pakistani officials urged the White House to engage with Afghanistan’s new leaders and release billions of dollars in international funds to prevent an economic meltdown.
And Pakistan also warned the Taliban to become more inclusive, amid growing fears the organisation could return to its former ways, despite vowing to be more tolerant.
The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan two months ago (Picture: Bilal Guler/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Footage exclusively revealed by Metro.co.uk showed fighters whipping a terrified Afghan man, accused of being a thief, with a rubber cable.
Harrowing images yesterday showed the Taliban rounding up drug addicts and marching them to treatment centres, where they were stripped and had their heads shaved.
But Taliban fighter Qari Fedayee, who was tying the men’s hands, defended the group’s actions.
‘They are our countrymen, they are our family and there are good people inside of them,’ he said.
‘God willing, the people in the hospital will be good with them and cure them.’
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