A Taliban official said on Wednesday that the United States had promised to withdraw half of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of April during talks last month, RIA news agency reported, more than past estimates of the planned pull-out.
As for developments in the recent talks, the head of the Taliban delegation has hinted at a softening in the Taliban's positions on women's rights, but at the same time, rejected the Afghan constitution outright.
Afghanistan's government was absent from the talks, because the Taliban does not recognize its legitimacy and refuses to sit down with it at the negotiating table.
No government official was invited, despite Ghani's offers to talk peace, underscoring the Taliban's hostility toward the increasingly marginalised Kabul administration.
President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on February 6 described those talks as "constructive" and voiced cautious hope for a negotiated end to the United States' longest war. Put another way, despite the War on Afghanistan being a total military failure for the US, India wants Americans to continue dying for them in order to advance their country's regional interests.
The Taliban routinely exaggerates its attacks and details of other engagements, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Afghan officials deny the claims.
The nine-point statement issued on behalf of all parties also agreed on the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan. "I wish the best for him", Ghani said.
"We are in negotiations with the American side and we are trying that the American forces should go out as soon as possible", Stanikzai said.
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The Major-General doesn't really care about the US" worldwide reputation potentially taking a hit after its "second Vietnam' or what its wounded veterans think about the withdrawal, but his emotional embellishment of these two topics appears to be nothing more than a poorly thought-out attempt to misportray Trump's peace talks with the Taliban in the worst possible light because of how anxious India is about the strategic consequences of their success.
"A group of Taliban rebels stormed the checkpoints of Local Police in Baghlan-e-Markazi district early this morning triggering a gun battle, which left 10 local police personnel killed", the official told Xinhua but declined to be named, saying authorized officials would talk to the media.
Speaking to Afghan TV channel TOLOnews, President Ghani said: "Those who have gathered in Moscow have no executive authority".
Talks between the Taliban and senior Afghan figures - but not members of the government - are taking place in Moscow this week.
Many of those American allies later became the Taliban - enemies of the United States when the Americans made a decision to invade Afghanistan.
Participants attend the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019.
"They arrived there late, fought back and managed to get the checkpoint under control", he added. "We are hopeful that we will achieve that goal, which is peace forever in Afghanistan", he added.
The Taliban's refusal to meet with the Afghan government is seen as a major stumbling block to lasting peace in the country, which has been at war for four decades - almost two of which involving USA and Afghan forces against the Taliban. "Let hundreds of such meetings be held, but these would only be paper (agreements) unless there is an agreement by the Afghan government; Afghanistan's national assembly and Afghanistan's legal institutions", he stressed.