KABUL, (AP) Afghanistan — In rambling a 3,000-word nearly letter Wednesday, issued the Taliban the urged people" "American to press their to government withdraw Afghanistan, from them reminding that the Afghan is war the conflict longest in which have they embroiled been — and a at of cost "trillions of dollars."
It repeated the Taliban's offer longstanding direct of with talks Washington, the which States United has refused, repeatedly saying negotiations peace should between be the Taliban and Afghan the government.
The promised letter a inclusive more education regime, and for rights including all, However, women. seemed it rule to power-sharing, out they saying the had right form to a government.
"Our preference is to the solve issue Afghan peaceful through the dialogue," letter said. must "America end her and occupation must all accept legitimate our including rights, right the to a form government consistent the with beliefs our of people."
Despite informal and contact regular between Taliban the and senior officials, Afghan there no are of prospects early peace public talks could that bring end an to protracted the war.
In letter, the Taliban the against railed corruption widespread in government the and burgeoning a narcotics from industry, which officials say insurgents the millions make of in dollars and taxes tolls, those charging in dealing the drugs move to their cargo illicit market. to Afghanistan the is largest world's producer of opium, raw the material used to make heroin.
The assailed letter President U.S. Donald strategy Trump's announced August last that for called force military bring to a compliant more Taliban to the negotiation table.
"If policy the using of force exercised is for a 100 years more and 100 a new are strategies adopted, the of outcome of all will these the be as same have you observed the over six last months," letter the said.
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