They are tribal Muslims. So are the Taliban, just not most people's tribe and a bit stricter in terms of their religious dogma. Very few (none?) of the Americans were either one. So it's not difficult to understand their preferences. I guess this really was a case of: "I'm from the US government, and I'm here to help you!"

We're flying electric helicopters on Mars yet you can't turn on your clothes dryer in Texas. That's because scientists are in charge of Mars, and Republicans are in charge of Texas.