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Controversial distinction: US calls Afghan Taliban 'armed insurgency', Islamic State 'terrorist' group

Jan 29, 2015    

Washington: The United States has described the Afghan Taliban as "an armed insurgency", while the Islamic State as a "terrorist" group, drawing a controversial distinction between the two militant organisations."The Taliban is an armed insurgency. ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) is a terrorist group. So we don't make concessions to terrorist groups," White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told reporters in response to questions at the daily press briefing yesterday.Asked whether the Jordanian government's decision to swap prisoner with the ISIL w...

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