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Taliban’s letter indicates their loss: Mohib

Taliban’s letter indicates their loss: Mohib

Feb 15, 2018 - 12:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon Ambassador to the US Hamdullah Mohib termed the Talibaninfo-icon open letter to the people of US a sign of the group's defeat and an effort for face saving way of seeking truce.

“Taliban’s open letter is not for aimed at American audiences. It is their master’s propaganda to garner domestic support for the Taliban. The conclusion of the letter clearly indicates Taliban’s loss. They see their end is near. It’s a face saving way of asking for a truce,” the envoy tweeted.

He said, the Afghan government had always had an open arms approach to peace and would be happy to reintegrate all those Taliban that repent their actions and seek forgiveness from the Afghan people for their atrocities committed against a peace loving innocent civilians.

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations.

The letter, released by the Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, comes amid deteriorating conditions for US and Afghan coalition forces on the battlefield and after a month in which two Taliban assaults on Kabul killed 150 civilians.

For its part, the Taliban refuses to talk to the Afghan government without first discussing the withdrawal of foreign troops with its powerful ally.

“If the policy of using force is continued for another one hundred years,” the letter reads, “the outcome will be the same ... as you have observed over the last six months since the initiation of Trump’s new strategy.”



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