UPDATED 5:57 PM PT – Friday, July 23, 2021
The Taliban announced there would not be peace in Afghanistan until a new government has been formed and President Ashraf Ghani removed from power. In an interview this week, a Taliban spokesman said the group would lay down their weapons when a new government has been acceptable to all sides for negotiation.
The group said they did not believe in a monopolization of power and asserted this strategy had never led to a prosperous ruling body.
“I want to make it clear that we do not believe in the monopoly of power because any government who wants to monopolize power in Afghanistan in the past, they were not successful governments,” Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen explained. “So, we do not want to repeat that failed formula.”
Kabul regime has lost control of borders with trade value of over $2.8 Billion to the Taliban. Torkham and Zaranj remain as the two last major ports that provide the warlords access to the sea. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/MNsLD3NP8O
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) July 21, 2021
This as the radical Islamic group claims to have taken back a majority of Afghanistan amid a U.S. troop withdrawal from the war torn nation.