The Vice President of Afghanistan said Sunday that ISIS, al Qaida and the Taliban are as similar as “Coke and Pepsi,” during an episode of Fox Nation’s “Lara Logan Has No Agenda.”
Amrullah Saleh told host Lara Logan there are not many differences between the three terrorist organizations and that they shouldn’t be trusted, according to Fox News. “Ideologically, the difference between ISIS, al Qaida and the Taliban is the difference between the taste of Coke and Pepsi,” Saleh said. “If you remove the labels, can you say which one is Coke and which one is Pepsi?”
Saleh also said the Taliban believes “that they can conquer” and “that their Jihadist literature will prevail.” Former Ambassador of Pakistan Husain Haqqani echoed the vice president’s sentiment, telling Logan that the Taliban is a “totalitarian movement, with a very narrow vision for how they want society,” according to Fox News. (RELATED: Republican Rep. Says ‘Groups’ Like Al-Qaida Can ‘Grow Again And Metastasize’ After Taliban Takeover)
The Taliban has been linked to other terrorist organizations. The Gaza-based Islamist militant group Hamas recently congratulated the Taliban for their “defeat” of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, saying the takeover would be “the demise of the American occupation.”
“We congratulate the Muslim Afghan people for the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan lands, and we congratulate the Taliban movement and its brave leadership on this victory, which culminated its long struggle over the past 20 years,” Hamas said in a statement.
“While Hamas wishes the Afghan Muslim people and its leadership success in achieving unity, stability and prosperity for Afghanistan and its people, it stresses that the demise of the American occupation and its allies proves that the resistance of the peoples, foremost of which is our struggling Palestinian people, will achieve victory,” the statement continued.