Taliban contact US on amnesty proposal
KABUL: The US-led military in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that it had been contacted by Taliban members willing to lay down their weapons following an arms-for-amnesty offer by the US envoy to the country.
US military commanders operating in south and southeastern Afghanistan have been contacted by Taliban members declaring their desire to “join the peaceful political process,” the US-led military spokesman, Major Mark McCann, told a news briefing in Kabul.
He said that while they didn’t have specific names, there had been reports of individual Taliban members making contact with US-led military commanders in the field, the major said.
He added that there had been “contacts with senior (provincial) government officials and military representatives here in Kabul.”
McCann separated the militia into two groups. There were hardline Islamic militants who still “believe in their ideology and fight to the end,” and “a vast majority of the Taliban do not share that view and they have a desire to become part of a peaceful process”. afp