Al Jazeera: Taliban leader: No peace without foreigners leaving
In statement, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada says ending 'occupation' is a prerequisite for peace in Afghanistan.
The new Taliban leader has called for an end to foreign "occupation" of Afghanistan as a first step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country hit by decades of war.
In one of his first public statements, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said agreement was possible if the government in Kabul renounced its foreign allies.
"Your support and siding with invaders is like the work of those abhorrent faces who in our past history supported the Britons and the Soviets," he said in a message ahead of next week's celebration of Eid.
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WNU Editor: So much for the speculation and talk of the past few months that (maybe) a peace deal could be arranged with the Taliban.
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