Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan'

Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan'

Taliban 'not seeking to seize whole Afghanistan'

"Rest assured that no one can push us aside", he said. "It's very positive, good news".

The Taliban is seeking the pullout of all foreign troops from Afghanistan within months, a senior official said, as the fundamentalist Islamic movement reached out to opponents of USA -backed President Ashraf Ghani at talks in Moscow.

Abdul Salam Hanafi said the Taliban would talk, on camera, to the Afghan government about disputed issues, including a ceasefire, once a timeframe was announced about the withdrawal of foreign troops.

That may now change after U.S. President Donald Trump said he wanted to eventually pull American troops out of the country and end almost two decades of U.S. military involvement there. It is for this reason that Khalilzad is encouraging "the Taliban to engage in direct talks with the Afghan government" and asserting that it is for "Afghans to find a solution to this stalemate on intra-Afghan dialogue".

"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.

Taliban officials have used the extraordinary exposure at the Moscow talks to detail their vision of Afghanistan after a USA troop withdrawal. "It was very satisfactory", said Karzai. "It was a sort of conference - every body was exchanging their own views regarding peace". Hope for peace coexists with the fear that the U.S. will leave as carelessly as it boosted intervention in 2017, when civilian deaths surged due to increased air strikes.

Another delegate attending the talks was Fawzia Kofie. He said Moscow would not send troops to the country, given the Soviet Union's painful experience in Afghanistan, but could provide other forms of assistance.

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"They said women can work, women can be educated, women cannot be presidents though - they can be prime ministers". "Today, we have liberated virtually all of that territory from the grip of these bloodthirsty monsters", he said.

Five policemen were also wounded and the Taliban seized all the weapons and ammunition from the security before reinforcements arrived, he said.

Nur said the talks, which stretched into late evening on Tuesday, will continue on Wednesday and possibly even on Thursday.

Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan has the rejected the Taliban claims, saying "Our mission hasn't changed". New Delhi knows that its interests in Afghanistan are only secured so long as the Pentagon is there to protect them and that the US' possible withdrawal from the country would remove India's strategic depth vis-à-vis Pakistan, therefore largely stabilizing the situation in South Asia to what New Delhi's "deep state" believes would be their ultimate detriment per the "zero-sum" paradigm that guides their decisions.

The Taliban said the Moscow meeting - their most significant with Afghan politicians in recent memory - would discuss the withdrawal of foreign troops, peace terms and its vision for governance.

Ghani also questioned the mechanism of the Moscow Talks and said: "With whom, what will they agree upon there?"

"Where is their executive power", he asked. 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. "No concrete proposal has been made except by the government of Afghanistan", Jan concluded. It would be a huge challenge for Washington to ensure that the Ghani government, which USA forces have so far tried to support and is deemed as the legitimate government by the global community, is an important stakeholder in the ensuing peace process.

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