14 Mar '18, 7am

Taliban stops short of rejecting Afghan president's peace plan

Taliban stops short of rejecting Afghan president's peace plan

The Taliban's muted response to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's offer of peace talks last month reflects an internal debate over the merits of engaging with a government that the group has long viewed as illegitimate, analysts say. In the two weeks since Ghani's offer, the Taliban has posted a statement and an unsigned commentary on its Alemarah website, pouring cold water on the plan hailed by US officials as "courageous". But security experts say the proposal has placed the Taliban, Afghanistan's largest militant group, in a bind. An outright refusal to talk to Ghani's administration would give Afghan and US forces justification to ramp up air strikes against the militants. Acceptance, on the other hand, would undermine the group's long-held position that the Afghan government is a puppet of the United States and risk damaging its own credibility among its fighters. "Tha...

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