Taliban call for peace in New York Times article

21 Février, 2020, 13:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Taliban says agreement with US to be signed Feb 29 in front of international observers

Analysts said the piece, titled "What We, the Taliban, Want" was an unprecedented attempt to reassure the worldwide community as America and the militants appear on the cusp of a deal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that upon a successful implementation of this agreement, the US would move to sign a peace deal with the Taliban on February 29. Everyone is exhausted of war.

Though Haqqani's article was a call for peace, it also went out of its way to defend the Taliban's position against the USA military in the Middle East. "We were forced to defend ourselves", he writes, explaining the Islamist terrorist group's fight against "the foreign coalition led by the United States".

A week-long "reduction in violence" between the Taliban, the USA and Afghan security forces will begin at midnight on Friday, officials confirm. I am convinced that the killing and the maiming must stop.

The agreement between the US and Taliban, that was almost signed last September, sets the timetable for the American exit from Afghanistan in exchange for Taliban safeguards that the country does not become a hotbed for terrorist groups and beginning talks with Ghani's government.

Mujib Mashal, who is the outlet's senior correspondent based on Afghanistan, blasted the Times' decision to run the article. After drawing a distinction between the Times news operation and opinion pages, Mashal wrote, "Siraj is no Taliban peace-maker as he paints himself".

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In an FBI "Most Wanted" posting, the agency said Haqqani "is wanted for questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen".

"We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States". "Haqqani also allegedly was involved in the planning of the assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008".

Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana), who served in Afghanistan with the US Navy Reserve, tweeted he was "appalled" at the Times running the story.

"Did you pay him for this piece?" the outraged representative asked the Times.

"Oh my God", tweeted reformist imam Mohammad Tawhidi. "In their mind, one of these men is beyond the pale", Media Research Center's Tim Graham told Fox News.

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