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Taliban say no cease-fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/30/19, 11:55 am

Taliban leaders on Monday denied reports that they were willing to take steps toward peace in Afghanistan. In a statement, the extremist group called the rumors untrue and said it “has no ceasefire plans.”

Why the confusion? An initial report said four members of the negotiating team agreed with the Taliban ruling council on a truce that would last 10 days. The U.S. and Afghan governments have insisted on a cease-fire before they will sign any peace pact with the insurgent group. The Taliban have reiterated they will only commit to a deal if the United States withdraws its troops. The latest peace efforts fell through in September after a U.S. soldier died during increased Taliban attacks.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift on the stalled peace talks.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 04:11 pm

    Are you sure that is a jail (see inset photo)?  I have never seen a jail room with curtains?

  • MikeD
    Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 11:02 am

    A building that houses a jail could easily include a conference room, among other facilities.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 06:58 pm

    Probably in Afghanistan, the jailed Taliban are regarded as honored guests by a lot of police, prosecutors, and judges.  "Jailed" to make the US (NOT regarded as honored guests, but holding the purse-strings) think there is cooperation going on between our governments. 

    And note that the article is sort of alluding to the fact that we simply can't be sure who is speaking for the Taliban, and that it probably changes from minute-to-minute.

    We should leave now; we should have left years ago. 

  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Mon, 12/30/2019 10:38 pm

    The only way to win a war is to kill the enemy.  Apparently the United States has forgotten this basic rule of warfare.  I'm honestly ashamed of how neutered our military has been forced to become.  Seriously, what and who are we fighting for anymore?  As a former Marine, I sure as heck don't know.

  • JDC
    Posted: Tue, 12/31/2019 01:22 pm

    As a Vietnam Vet I agree. I would put a target on the Pul-e-Charkhi jail in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/03/2020 03:46 pm

    Unfortunately, phillipW and JDC,  the situation in Afghanistan is eerily similar to what we dealt with in VietNam:  first, we are pretty much unable to distinguish between Afghanis who are with us and Afghanis who oppose us. And second, it seems the more of them we kill, the more Afghanis who are with us or undecided convert to the opposition. 

    I don’t see any path towards anything we can truthfully call victory.