TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – As closed-door talks about peace in Afghanistan continue between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar, the two sides seriously disagreed on an article of the primary peace deal, an informed source told Press Shia Agency.
As the seventh round of talks between the US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Taliban’s political office continue in Qatar, some Western media outlets have published reports on an agreement about certain issues, including the timing of the departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan, a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire, and the launch of Afghan-Afghan negotiations.
Meanwhile, an informed source close to the talks in Qatar told Press Shia Agency that one of the issues over which the two sides had disagreed since the start of the negotiations is still in place.
According to the source, the Americans have consistently insisted during the talks that the Taliban add an article to the primary peace deal that obliges the militant group to fight Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) in Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s political delegation strongly disagreed with the inclusion of this article, according to the source.
The Taliban believe that the US is actually seeking to play “a deceptive game” by forcing the Taliban to fight the Daesh terrorist group.
The Taliban’s spokesman recently said American military helicopters have once again helped Daesh terrorists and saved them from a siege in eastern Afghanistan.
Zabiullah Mujahid said while his comrades have launched a large military operation against Daesh terrorists in the province of Kunar, the US was trying to evacuate Daesh militants from the area.
According to Mujahid, a group of Daesh leaders who had been surrounded by the Taliban in the Noorgol region of Kunar were saved from the siege by the US choppers on June 21 and airlifted to another region.
This is the umpteenth time that American troops save Daesh leaders in Afghanistan and transfer them to safe military bases, he added.
In early January, a number of prisoners, all of them senior members of Daesh, broke out of a Taliban prison in northwest Afghanistan after US troops helped them escape through a covert operation.
In 2018, former Iranian defense minister General Ahmad Vahidi warned of Washington’s continued moves to create tensions and crisis in the region and said the Daesh terrorist group is getting a foothold in Afghanistan.
He said back then that Western powers had backed the terrorists and tried to prevent the defeat of Daesh in Iraq and Syria.
Since the terror group collapsed in the countries, the US has sought to move the Daesh elements to Central Asia and Afghanistan, he said.