Two days after the Taliban-US agreement was signed, the militia announced the end of the partial ceasefire and announced new attacks on Afghan forces. “The reduction in violence” is now “over and our operations will continue as normal,” Taliban spokesman Sabihullah Mujahid said on Monday.
According to the agreement with the United States, “our mujahideen will not attack foreign troops, but our actions against the forces of the Kabul government will continue,” said the Taliban spokesman.
They only wanted to speak to the government about peace in the country after the release of around 5,000 of their prisoners. “If our 5,000 prisoners – 100 or 200 more or less don’t matter – are not released, there will be no internal Afghan talks,” Mujahideen told Reuters.
The United States signed an agreement in Doha on Saturday that released the prisoners. The Afghan President Aschraf Ghani immediately rejected this. “The United States does not have the power to decide, it is only the moderator,” he said.
In the agreement, the US government and the Taliban agreed to swiftly press for a prisoner exchange. The move should serve as a confidence-building measure. The plan was for the Afghan government to release up to 5,000 Taliban fighters from domestic prisons and for the Islamists to release up to 1,000 prisoners in return.
With their treaty, the United States and the Taliban raised hopes for an end to the 18-year war in Afghanistan that killed tens of thousands of people. The central agreement is a plan for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country within 14 months.
The prerequisite for this is that the Taliban keep their promises. This includes a ceasefire and certain security guarantees. For example, the Taliban pledge not to provide shelter to certain militant groups. (AFP / Reuters)