Taliban 'not necessarily' terrorists, Rep. Jackie Speier says

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In an attempt to fire back at House Speaker John Boehner concerning the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) went on MSNBC Tuesday morning and had an interesting view of the Taliban, disputing that they are terrorists.

Earlier, Boehner held a news conference and was critical of the fact that Congress wasn’t fully briefed on the exchange. In blasting the Obama administration, Boehner said “we’re gonna pay” for the prisoner swap, and also said it violated U.S. policy to not negotiate with terrorists.

But that’s where Speier disagreed with Boehner, and took a closer look at the word “terrorist.”

“Let me underscore the term ‘terrorist,’ ” Speier said. “The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan — they were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there.

“We are now actively attempting to get the Taliban to negotiate with Karzai and the Afghanistani [sic] government,” she said, “because there will be some cooperation, some level of coordination between the two if that country is going to survive and move forward.”

“So, to say that they are terrorists, at this point, is not necessarily accurate.”

RELATED: Majority of Americans say too high a price paid for Bergdahl

Today, the Taliban attacked a training facility near the Karachi airport in Pakistan, which came just two days after a deadly attack at the same airport on Sunday.

Sunday’s attack left 28 dead after Taliban gunmen, armed with suicide vests and rocket launchers, overtook the airport.

h/t: The Daily Caller

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