On Wednesday White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz argued that the Taliban is not a terrorist group, but instead an “armed insurgency.”
On Thursday White House Spokesman Josh Earnest doubled-down on the idiocy.
Earnest told reporters:
“They have a different classification. They have a classification that does allow us to place financial concessions against them that have succeeded in limiting their capability. They’ve been effective. And that is different than an organization like Al-Qaeda that has much broader global aspiration to carry out acts of violence and acts of terror.”
What complete nonsense.
At least 22 people were killed, including a school girl, in separate Taliban attacks in Afghanistan today.
The Gazetta del Sud reported, via Religion of Peace:
At least 22 people were killed in Afghanistan in three separate attacks, local sources said Thursday. A police officer and three civilians were killed when a bomb exploded in Mihtarlam City in the eastern Laghman province. Earlier, a young girl was killed and several people were injured in a dawn explosion in Jalalabad City, also in eastern Afghanistan. Police said the bomb went off near the local public works office and a school, killing the girl as she was making her way to classes. On Wednesday night, 11 pro-government militias were killed and at least six more were injured in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in the eastern central province of Ghanzi.
Yes, and for the record… These attacks were in Afghanistan, not Pakistan, Spokesman Earnest.