A new report from the BBC has Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offering the Taliban a number of top government positions in return for ending the insurgency. The Taliban turned them down.
That the Taliban refused the posts is unsurprising, as they’ve been taking territory across southern Afghanistan and likely feel they’re not in a position where they need to reach a settlement with the Ghani government.
That President Ghani offered such posts is a huge deal, even though officials have since insisted the offer was just preliminary and “not formal.” It reflects the level of confidence in the Afghan military after months of fighting, and not in a good way.
The Afghan military has struggled mightily to fight the Taliban on its own, and even with significant aid from NATO has had difficulty holding them off. The Ghani government is presenting this as part of their commitment to “inclusiveness,” but the reality is that they are in a worsening position, and want to placate the Taliban as much as possible.