The New York Times published an opinion piece Thursday authored by Sirajuddin Haqqani, the deputy leader of the Taliban and one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, which the publication failed to mention. The piece, titled “What We, the Taliban, Want”, comes ahead of a ceasefire agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, which is expected to begin on Saturday according to Task & Purpose.
“We did not choose our war with the foreign coalition led by the United States. We were forced to defend ourselves. The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand. That we today stand at the threshold of a peace agreement with the United States is no small milestone,” the terrorist leader wrote.
When the U.S. called off negotiations in September, 2019 with the Taliban after the group killed a U.S. service member just shy of the event. The conditions for any future peace agreement, the terrorist leader wrote, requires “mutual compromises.”
Haqqani wrote, “We are aware of the concerns and questions in and outside Afghanistan about the kind of government we would have after the foreign troops withdraw. My response to such concerns is that it will depend on a consensus among Afghans. We should not let our worries get in the way of a process of genuine discussion and deliberation free for the first time from foreign domination and interference.”
Haqqani said the lack of trust between the two negotiating partners “and earning lasting peace will depend on an equally scrupulous observance by the United States of each of its commitments.”
Fulfillment of an agreement for the Taliban leader, he wrote, would mean the withdrawal of all foreign troops in Afghanistan. Once there is peace, the leader says they will “celebrate a new beginning that invites all our compatriots to return from their exile to our country — to our shared home where everybody would have the right to live with dignity, in peace.”