Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen says the group doesn’t want another civil war in Afghanistan. He explains that most of the districts they have captured came through negotiations and not fighting.
“Those districts which have fallen to us and the military forces who have joined us…were through mediation of the people, through talks.”
“They (did not fall) through fighting…it would have been very hard for us to take 194 districts in just eight weeks.”
Taliban or Taleban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within the country
Taliban fighters have surrounded Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. They’ve reportedly been ordered to be on standby as negotiations for a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ are underway between the armed group and the government.
The Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today and an official said President Ashraf Ghani had left the city for Tajikistan, capping the terrorists’ lightning push for power. A senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said Ghani had left for Tajikistan.
Asked for comment, the President’s office it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.
A representative of the Taliban said the group was checking on Mr Ghani’s whereabouts.
American diplomats were evacuated from their embassy by chopper after a swift advance by Taliban, who were poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were toppled by US-led forces following the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Taliban fighters were reaching the capital “from all sides”, a senior Afghan interior ministry official told Reuters.
Known during their past rule for keeping girls out of school and hardline Islamic punishments such as amputation, stoning and hanging, the Taliban appeared to be trying to project a more modern face.