Taliban Leader Says Group Committed to US Peace Deal

Urges US to honor its commitments on important deal

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has issued his Eid al-Fitr message, reiterating that he and his group remain fully committed to the US peace deal in Afghanistan, encouraging the US to honor its own commitments and not waste the opportunity.

The peace deal aims to end the nearly 20 year old Afghanistan War, with a US pullout expected by next year. The deal has seen US-Taliban fighting down substantially, though both have grievances.

The US has been complaining about Taliban fighting with the Afghanistan government. The Taliban, however, says that the Afghan government isn’t making good on promised prisoner releases and intra-Afghan talks, and that the US isn’t doing anything to make it happen.

Afghanistan’s new government deal might make progress on those talks, and the prisoner releases, and this could mean an improvement of the situation. This could solve itself, and the US seems to be counting on that, as they are continuing to withdraw on pace for the 2021 plan.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.