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White House Refuses to Say Taliban Is a Terrorist Group

Wednesday at the White House daily press briefing, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz refused to call the Taliban a terrorist group, saying instead, “The Taliban is an armed insurgency,” several times when asked by ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

“I don’t think that the Taliban, uh – the Taliban is an armed insurgency,” Schultz said. “This was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, and that’s why this arrangement was dealt.”

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