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Afghan Taliban's Open Letter to Americans Calls for Dialogue

Afghan Taliban's Open Letter to Americans Calls for Dialogue

"In Afghanistan a string of terrorist attacks in Kabul left a 150 dead last month suggesting to me that after 16 years of war the insurgency is nowhere near folding and the government remains hard-pressed to provide the security needed for its own people".

"Prolonging the war in Afghanistan and maintaining American troop presence is neither beneficial for America nor for anyone else", the document said, calling on USA citizens, legislators and others to "read this letter prudently" and evaluate the costs and benefits of continuing to fight.

"Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogue", the Taliban said.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist.

A Taliban bombing at the end of January - conducted with an ambulance as a auto bomb - in central Kabul killed more than 100 people.

A spokesman for Ghani, Shah Hussain Murtazawi, responded sharply to the letter, saying, "We never negotiate with groups who resort to crime and the brutal killing of people and then claim responsibility for it".

In a teleconference briefing from the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian said A-10s, MQ-9s and HH-60s have been shifted to Afghanistan to "provide increased air support to the South Asia strategy, as well as ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Afghan-led operations".




The violence has since fueled anger against the Taliban in Kabul and prompted Trump to close doors for peace talks with the insurgents. "The recent attacks speak louder than these words", said the spokesman, Captain Tom Gresback.

The Taliban has called for the American people to pressure President Donald Trump into reviving Afghan peace talks.

But low-level contacts between the government, worldwide groups including the United Nations and groups close to the Taliban have continued even as the insurgency has escalated.

The ties between two neighboring countries have been marred by deep mistrust and suspicion with both sides accusing each other of not taking action against Taliban insurgents carrying out attacks against each other.

Pakistan rejects accusations that it sponsors the Taliban.

"Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogue", the Taliban said on Wednesday, while warning that their readiness to find peace should not be taken as a sign of weakness and that their armed campaign would be sustained no matter how powerful the U.S. opposition is.

He also assured that Pakistani territory was not allowed to be used against any other country, adding that Pakistan expected the same in reciprocity.


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