United States picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks

United States picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks

United States picking up Taliban interest in Afghan peace talks

Mr Mattis was speaking shortly before arriving in Kabul, amid high security concerns, where he will meet President Ashraf Ghani and top U.S. commanders.

The United States a year ago stepped up its military assistance to Afghanistan, notably through a sharp increase in air strikes, with the aim of breaking a stalemate with the insurgents and forcing them to the negotiating table.

Ghani's offer of peace talks comes as civilian casualties have soared in recent months, with the Taliban increasingly targeting towns and cities in response to Trump's new and more aggressive military policy.

"It has been a game changer because it has forced every actor to re-examine their assumptions", Ghani said.

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"The Anardara district headquarters is under the insurgents' control and right now, an intense battle is going on all around the district center and government offices", said Bakhtawer. The insurgent group has said it is prepared to negotiate, but only with the United States and not with the Kabul government.

"We've had some groups of Taliban - small groups - who have either started to come over or expressed an interest in talking", Mattis said. That may be a bridge too far to expect.

Mattis told reporters that the goal is to convince the Taliban militants that they can not win, which would hopefully push them toward reconciliation. So the emphasis is on drawing in Taliban elements piecemeal.

However, the insurgents, who seized a district centre in western Afghanistan this week, have given no public sign of accepting Ghani's offer, instead issuing several statements suggesting they meant to keep fighting.

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U.S. President Donald Trump in August announced an increase in the number of U.S. troops in the country to push back the resurgent Taliban.

In August a year ago, US President Donald Trump asserted that his administration would take a more aggressive approach to deal with the Afghan conflict and to pull out US troops from Afghanistan. Put another way, the aim is to convince the insurgents they can not win on the battlefield, thus driving them to reconcile with the Afghan government.

The Taliban last week described the Afghan government as "illegitimate" and its peace process efforts as "deceptive", in a statement calling for a boycott of an Islamic scholars' conference in Jakarta.

An Afghan official says at least five Afghan police forces have been killed after insurgents attacked their checkpoint in western Farah province.

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They have offered to talk directly to the United States about a possible peace agreement.

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