02 Jun '18, 6pm

Taliban says negotiations are "pointless" as long as coalition forces occupy Afghansitan

The Taliban again stated that it refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which it has said numerous times is illegitimate, and will not conduct peace talks while coalition forces are occupying the country. The Taliban has consistently held this position over the years, and its actions have matched its words. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid responded to remarks made by General John Nicholson , the Commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan, on May 30. In the Pentagon briefing, Nicholson claimed that “the elements of a peace proposal [were] outlined by the Taliban in an open letter to America.” Also, Nicholson claimed that since the Taliban never offered “a formal response to President Ghani’s peace offer,” that this proved there is a “a robust dialogue going on inside the Taliban” about peace. Mujahideed’s response smacked down Nicholson’s second ...

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