White House Claims The Taliban Isn’t a Terrorist Group


The White House has a habit of underestimating radical Islamic groups.

In Wednesday’s White House Press Briefing, John Karl asked press briefing rookie Eric Schultz whether the Jordanians' trading a prisoner for one of the hostages held by the Islamic State was similar to the United States' trading five high-ranking Taliban members for Bowe Bergdahl.

"I would also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency and [the Islamic State] is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups," Schultz said.

When Karl asked whether the Taliban is a terrorist group, Schultz said that the prisoner swap for Bergdahl was because of the winding down of the Iraq war.