The Taliban Wants Americans to Persuade Donald Trump to Make Peace

Why Is Europe Sending Refugees Back to War Torn Afghanistan

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The release of the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment comes soon after the No. 2 at the U.S. State Department told American lawmakers that President Trump's Afghanistan war strategy unveiled in August 2017 is starting to bear fruit.

Loyalists of the Middle East-based terrorist groups have lately increased attacks in parts of the country, particularly in the eastern and northern provinces.

The significant uptick in American military operations and the record number of airstrikes under President Trump have failed to translate into gains for the Afghan government, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency, argues in its latest assessment prepared for Congress.

Thousands of troops have poured into Afghanistan since Trump announced there would be a broader US role in the country.

The insurgent group has written the letter with the hope American people, independent groups and "the peace loving Congressmen" will read it "prudently" to evaluate the future of their military mission in Afghanistan.

Some reports earlier said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commanderGen.

Mr Trump's generals hope to break the military stalemate with the Taliban, and push insurgents to the negotiating table.

"We have the shared interest of preventing Afghanistan from ever again becoming a safe haven for terrorism", said the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, according to a statement by the Resolute Support mission.

The American general asserted a recent wave of Taliban suicide bombings against Afghan civilians stemmed from insurgent battlefield setbacks and losses.

Through its letter, the Taliban repeated its long-standing offer of direct talks with Washington, which the United States has repeatedly refused, saying peace negotiations should be between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Pakistan has been under increasing pressure from both Afghan and US officials to take action against militants operating in the country.

While insisting that "our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogues", the letter also warned that Taliban forces "cannot be subdued by sheer force" and that seeking a peaceful solution does not mean "that we are exhausted or our will has been sapped".

In their statement, the Taliban did not mention a January 27 raid on a top Kabul hotel, in which more than 30 people were killed, nor a bomb attack on a crowded street a week later that killed more than 100. Previously, they claimed responsibility for both attacks.

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