On Visit to Russia, Taliban Says It Wants US Pullout in Months

09 February, 2019, 03:38 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Afghan security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul Afghanistan. A Taliban assault on Ghazni a key city linking areas of Taliban influence barely 75 miles from Kabul has killed about 100 Afghan policemen

Their appeal comes as the Taliban meets with a high-ranking Afghan delegation in Moscow, and a week after the insurgents held unprecedented talks with United States negotiators.

He said there was no detailed agreement with the USA chief negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad who has been meeting separately with Taliban negotiators.

But the USA -backed government in Kabul was not invited to the conference because the Taliban have persistently refused to engage in any talks with Kabul until all foreign forces leave Afghanistan.

In other civil society action, residents in Nangarhar, Paktia and Helmand provinces organized separate meetings where they slammed Stanakzai over his recent remarks about the Afghan security forces - which he said would be dissolved if peace was agreed on.

Trump offered no specifics about when he would bring home the 14,000 USA troops now in Afghanistan.

On the critical issue of women's rights, Stanikzai said the Taliban were committed to all rights of women "that have been given to them by the sacred religion of Islam". It has brought together Taliban representatives and prominent Afghan figures.

Both sides noted they had agreed "in principle" to a framework on key issues, including a Taliban guarantee that Afghan soil would not be used in the future for terrorist attacks against the U.S.in return for Washington's withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan. "They are fighting against the government and state, so it is the government who they should talk with", added January.

"We do not know whether we will achieve an agreement - but we do know that after two decades of war, the hour has come to at least try for peace", Trump said.

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The Major-General doesn't really care about the US" worldwide reputation potentially taking a hit after its "second Vietnam' or what its wounded veterans think about the withdrawal, but his emotional embellishment of these two topics appears to be nothing more than a poorly thought-out attempt to misportray Trump's peace talks with the Taliban in the worst possible light because of how anxious India is about the strategic consequences of their success.

"It is Russian Federation against the U.S. all over again, but the other way around", Fakur said, in reference to Washington's support former Mujahidin fighters against the former Soviet Union-backed government in the 1990s.

The gathering has been criticized by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He said there was a near-consensus in the talks on this subject.

The Taliban has instead sat down at the table in Moscow with Ghani's main rivals, including Afghan politicians and warlords-turned-politicians who were once sworn enemies of the hardline Sunni Islamist group. "From the meetings in the lawns of Peshawar's Governor house to the sittings in Moscow and collective dementia of our political elite".

One Herat resident, Arifa Sabor, said each person attending the meeting was there for themselves and not to defend national interests.

Their current chief negotiator, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, painted a picture of the group's current view of the role of women in society, rejected the current Afghan constitution and called for the end of United States presence in Afghanistan.

The Moscow Talks has drawn a mixed response from members of the public with some saying the two-day meeting between influential Afghan politicians and members of the Taliban could help the peace process, while others say the talks could have a negative impact on the process. Yet 17 years on, the Taliban control or hold sway in roughly 50 percent of the country and carry out near daily attacks, mostly targeting the country's beleaguered security forces. "But after ending their military presence, their non-military teams can come and we need them too, they can come and take part in the reconstruction and development process", he added.

Meanwhile, as the talks were underway in Moscow, violence continued in Afghanistan.

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