The Taliban is not claiming responsibility for the murder of American Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene in Afghanistan, but it is praising the attack.

National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy said the State Department hasn’t designated the Taliban a terrorist organization “because they’re negotiating with the Taliban.”

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“Personally I believe they’re setting the groundwork for an ultimate Taliban retaking of Afghanistan and make it look like a negotiated solution rather than a coup which is what it would be like,” he said.

He continued, “This is a global jihadist movement abetted by state sponsors of terrorism and unified by ideology.”

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