Taliban Say Latest Talks End on US's Afghanistan Withdrawal

Taliban Say Latest Talks End on US's Afghanistan Withdrawal

The Taliban have continued to stage near-daily attacks across Afghanistan despite the months of negotiations with the U.S. The attacks mainly target Afghan forces and government officials but also kill many civilians.

The US has been negotiating with its longtime foe over the past year for a pact that would see the Pentagon begin to withdraw its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan. "We don't want anyone to intervene in our affairs", Ghani told an Eid-related gathering at the presidential place in Kabul.

The two sides have been discussing an agreement under which US forces would withdraw from Afghanistan and the Taliban would guarantee the country would not revert to being a launch pad for global terrorist attacks.

Washington is keen to end its 18-year involvement in Afghanistan, where it has spent more than $1 trillion, and President Donald Trump has said he wants troops out.

"Our future can not be decided outside, whether in the capital cities of our friends or neighbours".

The two sides have reported good progress in talks and it is expected that the two sides will sign an agreement in coming days. The fate of Afghanistan will be decided here in this homeland.

Taliban member Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwah recently said that the USA and Taliban negotiators were likely to sign a peace agreement after the Eid celebrations, which will conclude on August 13, according to Afghan media outlet Tolo News. "Leaders on all sides of the war in Afghanistan must take this to heart as we strive for peace", he tweeted. The Taliban, who effectively control half the country, have dismissed the election as a sham and warned fellow Afghans to avoid both campaign rallies and the polls. The Taliban do not recognise the government and have refused to talk to it.

More than 2,400 United States service members have died in Afghanistan since then.

"Peace is the desire of each Afghan and peace will come, there shouldn't be any doubt about it", he said.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday again took a swipe at the ongoing USA -led peace effort. I know Afghans yearn for peace.

A peace deal would be followed by intra-Afghan talks, but it is not yet clear whether the Taliban would agree to talk to Kabul government members in their official capacity or only as ordinary Afghans, as they have done in the past. The American and allied troops that remain are conducting strikes on the Taliban and the local Daesh affiliate, and working to train and build the Afghan military.



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