September 3, 2019


The Taliban Scoff at Trump's Afghan Peace Talks Bluff (Sami Yousafzai, Erin Banco, Christopher Dickey,  09.03.19, Daily Beast)

[T]he longer the talks go on, the clearer it is that the Taliban have the final say. They know Trump is desperate to leave, and they are determined not only to remain a power in their country, but to re-establish what they call the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

"The Taliban have been rather rude with the U.S. throughout the peace process because they have the impression that a withdrawal deal is a desperate desire of the USA, not the Taliban," says a senior European diplomat in Kabul. "Imagine how rudely and offensively the Taliban will treat the already upset and isolated President [Ashraf] Ghani."

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