Edmonton Journal - - WORLD -

KABUL In a ram­bling nearly 3,000-word let­ter is­sued Wed­nes­day, the Tal­iban urged the “Amer­i­can peo­ple” to press their gov­ern­ment to with­draw from Afghanistan, re­mind­ing them that the Afghan war is the long­est con­flict in which they have been em­broiled — and at a cost of “tril­lions of dol­lars.”

The let­ter was ad­dressed to “the Amer­i­can peo­ple, of­fi­cials of in­de­pen­dent non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and the peace lov­ing Con­gress­men.”

It re­peated the Tal­iban’s long-stand­ing of­fer of direct talks with Wash­ing­ton, which the United States has re­peat­edly re­fused.

The let­ter promised a more in­clu­sive regime, ed­u­ca­tion and rights for all, in­clud­ing women. How­ever, it seemed to rule out pow­er­shar­ing, say­ing they had the right to form a gov­ern­ment.

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