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Taliban blames Reuters for break-down in negotiations with the United States

On Friday, the spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid released a statement concerning the upcoming negotiation meeting in Qatar.

Post from 22/2/2019 on Telegram by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Their group cast blame on recent articles by Reuters for the negotiation break-down. In the statement, they are clearly frustrated by the articles and even refer to them as propaganda.  They also added that Reuters staff were “biased journalists”. With recent remarks from President Trump concerning “drawn out wars”, the Taliban know now is a critical time when it comes to the US withdraw from Afghanistan. This would explain why they are playing the “victim card” and pointing the finger at Reuters. In addition to the statement, they also release a few propaganda memes. With less than two years left guaranteed in the Trump presidency, they know they only have a little time left to negotiate the US withdraw. The current administration and the Islamic Emirate would both love to put an end to this 18+ year long war. Below is a copy of their official statement.

Statement from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

“A number of media outlets have again begun a propaganda campaign regarding negotiations process with the United States.

Reuters news agency again tried to spread propaganda against the Islamic Emirate by publishing a report listing reasons for non-participation by the deputy of Islamic Emirate Al Haj Mullah Baradar Akhund in the upcoming Qatar meeting.

Reuters news agency had also previously published propaganda by a number of their biased journalists that were later proven as fabrications and seriously damaging to the reputation of Reuters.

This time around Reuters quoted unknown sources as saying that the reason for non-participation by Al Haj Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is due to disagreement among the ranks of Islamic Emirate about him.

We strongly reject this propaganda.

A meeting will take place between the negotiation team of Islamic Emirate and US representatives in Qatar and Allah willing, it will prove positive.

However, the respected Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will not participate in the meeting because he announced a negotiations team, introduced its leader and members and authorized it to carry out negotiations with the United States.

Since Al Haj Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the Deputy of the Islamic Emirate in Political Affairs and there was an absence of his peer in the US team hence no need was seen for Mullah Baradar Akhund to participate in the meeting.

All other rumors in this regard are baseless reports that only seek to confuse common thought and should not be given any worth.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Zabihullah Mujahid
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