Taliban: Contradictory US Statements Create Doubts Over Afghan Deal

Leader emphasizes incredible strides toward peace deal

In his Eid al-Adha message, Taliban leader Mullah Akhundzada has talked up the “incredible strides” being made toward a peace deal in Afghanistan, emphasizing the goal of ending 18 years of US military occupation.

At the same time, Akhundzada warned that the US was creating doubts about their intentions, noting that US military officials and political officials are often saying starkly different things about the process.

US administration officials have broadly presented a deal as achievable to end the war, with a full military withdrawal. US military commanders, however, have downplayed that, saying nothing is agreed to yet, and suggesting that the US might need to stay in Afghanistan for America’s regional military goals.

This is likely a response to the Ghani government claiming Taliban attacks raise the question about their willingness to make peace, with Akhundzada pointing out that there are reasons to question each side.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.