Mark Hertling: I’m Not Sure It’s a Honest Statement by the Taliban that They Want to Kill ISIS
AVLON: "You also heard from that package that at least one thing seems to be uniting the Taliban and the Afghan government and the U.S., which is a focus on killing ISIS. An ISIS local leader was killed last week, we recently found out. How significant is that?"
HERTLING: "Well, first of all, I'm not sure that that's an honest comment by the Taliban representative. Remember, they are the ones, 17 years ago, that were giving a safe haven to al Qaeda in that country. So where they might say hey, we're up for fighting ISIS, I'm not sure that's a truthful comment by the Taliban leaders."
AVLON: "Got that."
HERTLING: "But the killing of the ISIS leadership that occurred about 10 days ago that was reported over the weekend always a good thing. But truthfully John, having fought terrorism you know as a commander on the scene that as soon as you hit one target -- a key target -- you're probably going to experience someone else rising up to take their place. I think it was stated in a 'New York Times' article that we have killed the head of ISIS in Afghanistan three times over the last 10 months."