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[Representational Image] A militant holds an Isis flag on a street in the city of Mosul on 23, June, 2014. Australian authorities have warned that Isis is seeking to build a 'distant caliphate' in Indonesia.Reuters

The Afghan Taliban have refuted claims that it was sharing sharing information with Russia in a bid to tackle the growing foothold of the Isis in Afghanistan, said reports.

The Taliban on Saturday said it does not need any outside help to fight Islamic State.

"We are having talks, but not about fighting the Isis. We want foreign forces out of our country, that is what we are talking about," Al Jazeera quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying.

He added that the Raqqa-based militants have little presence in Afghanistan, which is confined to the Nangarhar province, and that Daesh is not a threat to the Taliban.

Russian Foreign Ministry official Zamir Kabulov, who is President Vladimir Putin's special representative for Afghanistan, had recently said the interest of the Taliban "objectively coincides" with theirs.

"I have already said earlier we and the Taliban have channels for exchanging information," he said in remarks carried by Russian media.

"Both the Taliban of Afghanistan and the Taliban of Pakistan have said they don't recognise (Isis leader Abu Bakr) Al-Baghdadi as a caliph, that they don't recognise Isis. Their interests coincide with ours," he said.

Meanwhile, Taliban breakaway factions have condemned the Taliban's alleged links with Russia, saying the group has "turned to infidels" to eliminate those who disagree with them.

"Isis does not exist in Afghanistan, there are just a few bunch from Pakistan who are Isis loyalists. To fight that small group does not require Russia or anybody else's support. This is completely against what our former leader Mullah Omar would have wished for," Abdul Manan Niazi, spokesman for one of the breakaway outfits, told Al Jazeera.

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